September 28, 2010

2010 Week 4 PPR Rankings: WR

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Reggie Wayne IND at JAX
2 Brandon Marshall MIA vs NE
3 Andre Johnson HOU at OAK
4 Roddy White ATL vs SF
5 Randy Moss NE at MIA
6 Desean Jackson PHI vs WAS
7 Greg Jennings GB vs DET
8 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at SD
9 Marques Colston NO vs CAR
10 Wes Welker NE at MIA
11 Calvin Johnson DET at GB
12 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs CHI
13 Anquan Boldin BAL at PIT
14 Malcolm Floyd SD vs ARI
15 Chad Ochocinco CIN at CLE
16 Steve Smith (CAR) CAR at NO
17 Hines Ward PIT vs BAL
18 Johnny Knox CHI at NYG
19 Santana Moss WAS at PHI
20 Jeremy Maclin PHI vs WAS
21 Steve Breaston ARI at SD
22 Mike Sims-Walker JAX vs IND
23 Steve Smith (NYG) NYG vs CHI
24 Michael Crabtree SF at ATL
25 Donald Driver GB vs DET
26 Pierre Garcon IND at JAX
27 Austin Collie IND at JAX
28 Kenny Britt TEN vs DEN
29 Dez Bryant DAL BYE
30 Mike Wallace PIT vs BAL
31 Robert Meachem NO vs CAR
32 Terrell Owens CIN at CLE
33 Mark Clayton STL vs SEA
34 Jabar Gaffney DEN at TEN
35 Louis Murphy OAK vs HOU
36 Kevin Walter HOU at OAK
37 Demaryius Thomas DEN at TEN
38 Legedu Naanee SD vs ARI
39 Devin Hester CHI at NYG
40 Jacoby Jones HOU at OAK
41 Julian Edelman NE at MIA
42 Lee Evans BUF vs NYJ
43 Mike Williams (SEA) SEA at STL
44 Braylon Edwards NYJ at BUF
45 Derrick Mason BAL at PIT

2010 Week 4 PPR Rankings: TE

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD vs ARI
2 Dallas Clark IND at JAX
3 Vernon Davis SF at ATL
4 Jermichael Finley GB vs DET
5 Tony Gonzalez ATL vs SF
6 Zach Miller OAK vs HOU
7 Brent Celek PHI vs WAS
8 Dustin Keller NYJ at BUF
9 Greg Olsen CHI at NYG
10 Owen Daniels HOU at OAK
11 Chris Cooley WAS at PHI
12 John Carlson SEA at STL
13 Jermaine Gresham CIN at CLE
14 Aaron Hernandez NE at MIA
15 Jeremy Shockey NO vs CAR
16 Brandon Pettigrew DET at GB
17 Marcedes Lewis JAX vs IND
18 Heath Miller PIT vs BAL
19 Tony Scheffler DET at GB
20 Bo Scaife TEN vs DEN

2010 Week 4 PPR Rankings: RB

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Chris Johnson TEN vs DEN
2 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX vs IND
3 Frank Gore SF at ATL
4 Steven Jackson STL vs SEA
5 Arian Foster HOU at OAK
6 Ray Rice BAL at PIT
7 LeSean McCoy PHI vs WAS
8 Matt Forte CHI at NYG
9 Ryan Mathews SD vs ARI
10 Darren McFadden OAK vs HOU
11 Michael Turner ATL vs SF
12 Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs BAL
13 Jahvid Best DET at GB
14 Brandon Jackson GB vs DET
15 Joseph Addai IND at JAX
16 Pierre Thomas NO vs CAR
17 Cedric Benson CIN at CLE
18 Beanie Wells ARI at SD
19 Peyton Hillis CLE vs CIN
20 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs CHI
21 Knowshon Moreno DEN at TEN
22 DeAngelo Williams CAR at NO
23 Tim Hightower ARI st SD
24 C.J. Spiller BUF vs NYJ
25 Clinton Portis WAS at PHI
26 Justin Forsett SEA at STL
27 Shonn Greene NYJ at BUF
28 Jonathan Stewart CAR at NO
29 Ronnie Brown MIA vs NE
30 LaDanian Tomlinson NYJ at BUF
31 Fred Taylor NE at MIA
32 Ricky Williams MIA vs NE
33 Darren Sproles SD vs ARI
34 Steve Slaton HOU at OAK
35 Jason Snelling ATL vs SF

2010 Week 4 PPR Rankings: QB

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Aaron Rodgers GB vs DET
2 Peyton Manning IND at JAX
3 Drew Brees NO vs CAR
4 Phillip Rivers SD vs ARI
5 Tom Brady NE at MIA
6 Matt Schaub HOU at OAK
7 Donovan McNabb WAS at PHI
8 Michael Vick PHI vs WAS
9 Eli Manning NYG vs CHI
10 Jay Cutler CHI at NYG
11 Matt Ryan ATL vs SF
12 Carson Palmer CIN at CLE
13 Joe Flacco BAL at PIT
14 Matt Hasselbeck SEA at STL
15 David Garrard JAX vs IND
16 Alex Smith SF at ATL
17 Vince Young TEN vs DEN
18 Chad Henne MIA vs NE
19 Bruce Gradkowski OAK vs HOU
20 Mark Sanchez NYJ at BUF

September 27, 2010

2010-2011 Fantasy Basketball Rankings

Sure its football season, but do you hear that? The sneakers squeaking. The balls bouncing. Oooh, its basketball preseason. That means its fantasy basketball time, and while it might be the least played of the three sports covered here at FSC, its still a great game. So don't let yourself fall in to a fantasy football coma and miss out on the next NBA season. I mean, what are you gonna do in February? Read? Exercise? I don't think so. So without further ado, here's the FSC fantasy basketball rankings for this upcoming season.
(Note: Guys in Green are ones I especially like this year. So try to get 'em on your team)

Rank Player Position
1 Kevin Durant SF
2 Chris Paul PG
3 LeBron James SF
4 Dirk Nowitzki PF
5 Kobe Bryant SG
6 Danny Granger SF
7 Deron Williams PG
8 Dwayne Wade SG
9 Stephen Curry PG/SG
10 Pau Gasol PF/C
11 Carmelo Anthony SF
12 Gerald Wallace SF/PF
13 Amare Stoudemire PF/C
14 Josh Smith SF/PF
15 Brook Lopez C
16 Jason Kidd PG
17 David Lee PF/C
18 Steve Nash PG
19 Brandon Roy SG/SF
20 Chris Bosh PF/C
21 Rajon Rondo PG
22 Chauncey Billups PG
23 Andre Iguodala SG/SF
24 Al Jefferson PF/C
25 Al Horford PF/C
26 Tyreke Evans PG/SG
27 Joe Johnson SG/SF
28 Monta Ellis PG/SG
29 Carlos Boozer PF
30 Tim Duncan PF/C
31 Dwight Howard C
32 Troy Murphy PF/C
33 Paul Pierce SG/SF
34 Darren Collison PG
35 Andrea Bargnani PF/C
36 Stephen Jackson SG/SF
37 Russell Westbrook PG
38 Zach Randolph PF
39 Marc Gasol C
40 David West PF
41 Rudy Gay SF
42 Manu Ginobili SG
43 Nene PF/C
44 Antawn Jamison PF
45 Jason Richardson SG
46 Danilo Galinari SF/PF
47 Aaron Brooks PG
48 Joakim Noah PF/C
49 Mo Williams PG
50 Marcus Camby PF/C
51 Baron Davis PG
52 Kevin Love PF
53 Raymond Felton PG
54 Derrick Rose PG
55 Devin Harris PG
56 Jeff Green SF/PF
57 Anthony Randolph PF/C
58 Andrew Bogut C
59 Kevin Martin SG
60 Andray Blatche PF/C
61 Kevin Garnett PF
62 O.J. Mayo SG
63 Luol Deng SF
64 Brandon Jennings PG
65 Trevor Ariza SG/SF
66 Jrue Holiday PG
67 John Wall PG
68 Jason Terry SG
69 LaMarcus Aldridge PF
70 Gilbert Arenas PG
71 Marcus Thornton SG
72 Caron Butler SG/SF
73 Rashard Lewis SF/PF
74 Paul Millsap PF
75 Eric Gordon SG
76 Chris Kaman C
77 Hedo Turkoglu SF
78 Ray Allen SG
79 Jamal Crawford PG/SG
80 Luis Scola PF/C
81 Andre Miller PG
82 Blake Griffin PF
83 Jameer Nelson PG
84 Andrew Bynum C
85 Rodney Stuckey PG/SG
86 John Salmons SG/SF
87 Channing Frye PF/C
88 Samuel Dalembert C
89 Yao Ming C
90 Tony Parker PG
91 Roy Hibbert C
92 Anthony Morrow SG/SF
93 Lamar Odom SF/PF
94 Carl Landry PF
95 J.R. Smith SG
96 Michael Beasley SF/PF
97 Andrei Kirilenko SF/PF
98 Emeka Okafor C
99 Vince Carter SG/SF
100 Corey Maggette SF
101 Al Harrington PF
102 Leandro Barbosa SG
103 Elton Brand PF
104 Mike Miller SG/SF
105 Nicolas Batum SF
106 Boris Diaw SF/PF
107 Mike Conley PG
108 J.J. Hickson PF
109 George Hill PG/SG
110 Ben Gordon SG
111 Beno Udrih PG
112 Tyrus Thomas PF
113 Terrence Williams SG/SF
114 Wilson Chandler SG/SF
115 Jose Calderon PG
116 Andris Biedrins C
117 Evan Turner SG
118 Mehmet Okur C
119 Wesley Johnson SF
120 Anderson Varejao PF/C
121 Kelenna Azubuike SF
122 Greg Oden C
123 Thaddeus Young SF
124 Carlos Delfino SG/SF
125 Lou Williams PG/SG
126 JaVale McGee PF/C
127 Richard Hamilton SG
128 Robin Lopez C
129 Josh Howard SG/SF
130 Josh Childress SG
131 Tayshaun Prince SF
132 Serge Ibaka PF/C
133 Ron Artest SF
134 Shane Battier SG/SF
135 Jonny Flynn PG
136 Kirk Hinrich PG/SG
137 Greg Monroe PF
138 Ramon Sessions PG
139 Jarrett Jack PG/SG
140 Kenyon Martin PF
141 Reggie Williams SG/SF
142 DeMarcus Cousins PF/C
143 C.J. Miles SG/SF
144 Shawn Marion SF
145 Dorell Wright SF
146 Ersan Ilyasova SF/PF
147 Drew Gooden PF
148 Francisco Garcia SG
149 Darko Milicic PF/C
150 James Harden SG
151 Luke Ridnour PG
152 Brendan Haywood C
153 Chris Andersen PF/C
154 Marvin Williams SF
155 Jamario Moon SF
156 Charlie Villanueva SF
157 Yi Jianlian SF/PF
158 Jermaine O'Neal C
159 Martell Webster SF
160 Courtney Lee SG

September 24, 2010

The Art of the Fantasy Football Trade

The season has started. Your roster is set for week 3. But maybe you don't really like what you're looking at. There's only going to be 4 or 5 worthwhile waiver wire pickups from here on out, so whats a manager to do. Well, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, "No [fantasy team] was ever ruined by trade". Ok, maybe I took a little liberty with how I translated the word "nation", but the idea remains the same. As long as you make a beneficial trade, your team will only get better. Of course, in trade between nations, the benefits are explicit, whereas fantasy value is strictly speculative. But that's all the fun in this game. Do you have faith in a player that everyone has written off, jump on it. Capitalize. Its the American way. So, without further ado let me tell you a few tips on how to make a great trade.

Make a high offer:
There's no harm to be done if you ask for a little too much. I mean, best case scenario they say yes and you get a great deal. Wost case, they say no and you can start the negotiations.

...but not too high:
Throwing out an offer to test the waters is one thing, but trying to convince another owner to give you Peyton Manning for Rashad Jennings will get you nowhere. Even if the other owner is interested in picking up a handcuff for MJD, asking for an exorbitant amount of value will cause them to toss aside any offers you make in the future.

Include a note:
Trading is like sales. You need to convince the owner that they need what you have, and they don't need what they're giving up. If you solely send out an offer with no explanation, your trademate can sit back and think of all the reasons they do or do not want to do the deal. If you tell them why, that will be the most powerful thought in their head, and push them into doing the deal if they are on the fence.

Beware of the bye:
If you read my draft day tips article, this is probably a familiar sight. However, just because a few weeks have passed doesn't mean you can take your eye off the bye. If anything, it should be one of the first things you check for about the players you are dealing for. It would be a travesty to deal for a great RB2 only to find out that both will be resting week 10, a key match-up with a division rival. Of course, the bye can be a positive as well. If you manage to trade for a player with a week 7 bye for a replacement with a week 4 bye in week 7, you just got an entire week's production out of what should be similar talents.

Pull the trigger:
That sentence should have been preceded by "If it feels right," but that seemed like a clunky section title. This is probably the best piece of advice I can give though. If you have an overwhelming feeling telling you to do the deal, go for it. Don't let your mind try to talk yourself out of doing a good deal.

With all of that said, trading is still an art that depends on talent recognition. As long as you can pick out guys who other owners might be down on, or might not necessarily need as much as a player that you have, you will be successful in fantasy. So go out into your league, look at the rosters and diagnose who you think you can get. After that, its a whole 'nother game to play.

September 22, 2010

Buy Low, Sell High: Weeks 1 and 2

It doesn't take Warren Buffett to understand the concept of buying low and selling high. But if you can harness the concept with your fantasy football team, you can be on the path to a championship. Once a week passes, how many points a player has accrued becomes irrelevant. From the on, it is all a matter of creating the most points possible over their remaining games. So, as I stated in my "One Week Does Not a Season Make", don't put too much money into a player's first few weeks of production. Look at their situation, and decide who will be the top producers over the course of the year.

Buy Low:

Shonn Greene- I had a major man crush on this guy coming into 2010. I mean, whats not to like about a guy who stepped into a starting role in the world's best rushing offense, and whose only competition was an aging veteran who everyone wrote off. Of course, after LT's impressive Week 2, no one seems to have faith in Shonn. I still do. All it will take is one good outing and a few weaker opponents to reestablish the fact that Greene is the feature back and can be counted on with 20 carries a game.

Maurice Jones-Drew- What if a guy who was guaranteed to be a top 4 player all of a sudden fell off into oblivion. Yeah, it would make a great story, but it ain't happenin'. MJD is a notoriously slow starter so you might not get a "beat him over the head with a club" type of trade robbery, but if you can turn your Matt Forte or LeSean McCoy into a nice cold MJD, why not go for it?

Michael Crabtree- I know I have criticized Crabtree before over his personality issues and work ethic, but the guy's talent is indisputable. Alex Smith seems to be slowly improving, and I imagine that evolving into a lot more production out of his most talented wideout.

Tony Gonzalez- Come on. Its Tony Gonzalez. Sure hes starting to show his age, but he created the TE position that we know today. Plus, he has showed that outside of Roddy White, he is one of the few targets that Matt Ryan trusts. Get him while you still can.

Joe Flacco- He has been the absolute worst fantasy QB over these first two weeks. But can you blame him? He put up reasonable numbers against the stalwart Jets' D and even though Tom Brady made the Bengals look like Swiss Cheese, he didn't have to play them in Cincy. Trade some slob for Flacco and cash in when he explodes some upcoming week. (Hint: He plays Cleveland this week.)

Sell High:

Tim Hightower- Week 1 was a bit of a mess for the Cards' RB, but there's nothing like a good ole Rams matchup to fix that. Beanie Wells will return soon, and noone likes a backfield timeshare. Deal Hightower now, since his value will never be higher.

Austin Collie- Collie is probably one of the higher scoring wideouts in your league, especially if its PPR.  But with Wayne and Clark being the obvious main targets of Peyton, and Garcon begging for more targets, there's no way that this kind of production persists. 

Darren McFadden- Anyone can bust out against the Rams. His performace against the Titans opened my eyes a little, but enter Michael Bush and Run DMc's value takes a hit. Not to mention the fact that history says he will inevitably hit the injury report at some time or another.

LaDainian Tomlinson- See Shonn Greene in the Buy Low section. He can't keep it up all year long. Sure he will play a role, but it won't be this big.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out this week's rankings (Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB RB WR TE), and as always leave a comment if you have a question, comment or concern!

September 21, 2010

2010 Week 3 PPR Rankings: TE

Other Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD at SEA
2 Dallas Clark IND at DEN
3 Vernon Davis SF at KC
4 Jermichael Finley GB at CHI
5 Jason Witten DAL at HOU
6 Brent Celek PHI at JAX
7 Tony Gonzalez ATL at NO
8 Kellen Winslow TB vs PIT
9 Owen Daniels HOU vs DAL
10 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs DET
11 Zach Miller OAK at ARI
12 Greg Olsen CHI vs GB
13 Marcedes Lewis JAX vs PHI
14 Chris Cooley WAS at STL
15 John Carlson SEA vs SD
16 Dustin Keller NYJ at MIA
17 Jermaine Gresham CIN at CAR
18 Brandon Pettigrew DET at MIN
19 Jeremy Shockey NO vs ATL
20 Heath Miller PIT at TB

2010 Week 3 PPR Rankings: WR

Other Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Andre Johnson HOU vs DAL
2 Miles Austin DAL at HOU
3 Reggie Wayne IND at DEN
4 Brandon Marshall MIA vs NYJ
5 Roddy White ATL at NO
6 Randy Moss NE vs BUF
7 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs OAK
8 Desean Jackson PHI at JAX
9 Greg Jennings GB at CHI
10 Marques Colston NO vs ATL

2010 Week 3 PPR Rankings: RB

Other Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB RB WR TE

The RB rankings are probably the most likely to change due to injury. If Ryan Mathews, Michael Turner or Beanie Wells end up sitting out, their backups instantly shoot up the rankings.

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Adrian Peterson MIN vs DET
2 Chris Johnson TEN at NYG
3 Ray Rice BAL vs CLE
4 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX vs PHI
5 Frank Gore SF at KC
6 Steven Jackson STL vs WAS
7 LeSean McCoy PHI at JAX
8 Rashard Mendenhall PIT at TB
9 Arian Foster HOU vs DAL
10 Jahvid Best DET at MIN

2010 Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB

Other Week 3 PPR Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Peyton Manning IND at DEN
2 Drew Brees NO vs ATL
3 Aaron Rodgers GB at CHI
4 Tony Romo DAL at HOU
5 Matt Schaub HOU vs DAL
6 Phillip Rivers SD at SEA
7 Tom Brady NE vs BUF
8 Donovan McNabb WAS at STL
9 Joe Flacco BAL vs CLE
10 Brett Favre MIN vs DET

September 17, 2010

One Week Does Not A Season Make

All across the globe, mouths are watering for Arian Foster and Matt Forte and owners are opening their imaginary wallets to put FAAB bids on Mark Clayton and Michael Vick. These are signs of a terrible epidemic sweeping the fantasy world, FWF, or First Week Fever. I'll admit it, I've been known to diagnose myself with FWF. If my team loses, I look for some quick fix and if I pull out a win, I want to constantly improve. It's a noble thought, champions are made by constant improvement. But I am here to warn everyone, including myself, that week one is no indicator of the entire year. So before you go offering Adrian Peterson for Foster, remember why you drafted guys, and keep in mind that everyone has an off week.

Lets take a quick look in the not so distant past, to 2009, and find some players who shone bright through week 1 before fizzling out just as fast as they burst onto the scene. Afterwards, we will find a player who could fit that role in 2010

Mike Bell was a two week wonder. In week 1 last year, he amassed a whopping 143 yards against Detroit (as if that weren't a big enough sign). He followed up his impressive week 1 with 86 yards and a TD at the Eagles before spending the rest of the season dealing with injury and lost in the Saints backfield. Bell would never top the century mark again, and ended up with 654 yards and 5 TDs, nothing to turn your head at, but not the massive numbers people began to imagine after the opening week.
2010 Mike Bell: Darren McFadden- Michael Bush is still looming, and Run DMC has been anything but reliable in his few injury plagued seasons.

Julius Jones was the same story in a different city. The Seahawk went nutty, posting 137 yards from scrimmage and a score against the lowly Rams (another terrible team). JJ would never top the 100 yard mark again in 2009, and only scored one other week. Sure, Jones dealt with injury a lot of the weeks, but there was a hefty price to pay in order to snag Julius after his Week 1 breakout performance.
2010 Julius Jones: Mark Clayton- He's a Ram. I mean. Come on.

2009 was supposed to be the year of Lance Moore. After a few impressive weeks in 2008, it looked like Moore and Brees might have some kind of divine connection that fantasy owners everywhere could benefit from. However, in stepped Devery Henderson, who caught a 58 yard TD and piled up 103 yards total against those same lowly Lions (sense a pattern?). We all know about Devery's game and how he can go off any given week, but there's an even better chance he will have 14 yards total. But if FWF got a hold of you, there is a good chance you were blinded by Henderson's whooping of Detroit and invested into a guy who underwhelmed almost all of 2010.
2010 Devery Henderson: Austin Collie- As long as the Colts start winning, and Garcon starts catching the ball will be headed towards Collie a lot less in the future. If you're into listening to fortune cookies and horoscopes the mercurial Colt might be for you, otherwise stay away.

No matter how hard it might be, take a few Advil, drink some Vitamin C and fight off the FWF. Remember, this is a 16 week marathon, not a 2 week sprint.

September 15, 2010

Fantasy Chat: Open Invitation for Questions

Calling all fantasy football players! If you came to this site looking for an answer to who you should start this week, or where should you rank a particular player in PPR or standard leagues, I'm here to try and make your decision a little less cloudy. If you have a burning question on your noggin, post below in the comments section and I will instantaneously respond thanks to the powers of technology. (results may vary... but not by much).

Answer #1: Yes, pick this guy up ASAP

Well good luck in Week 2 everybody! And make sure you leave me a Q if you got one!

September 14, 2010

2010 Week 2 PPR Rankings: TE

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD vs JAX
2 Dallas Clark IND vs NYG
3 Jermichael Finley GB vs BUF
4 Vernon Davis SF vs NO
5 Brent Celek PHI at DET
6 Jason Witten DAL vs CHI
7 Tony Gonzalez ATL vs ARI
8 Kellen Winslow TB at CAR
9 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN vs MIA
10 Zach Miller OAK vs STL
11 Chris Cooley WAS vs HOU
12 Heath Miller PIT at TEN
13 Owen Daniels HOU at WAS
14 Jermaine Gresham CIN vs BAL
15 Greg Olsen CHI at DAL
16 Marcedes Lewis JAX at SD
17 Jeremy Shockey NO at SF
18 John Carlson SEA at DEN
19 Dustin Keller NYJ vs NE
20 Brandon Pettigrew DET vs PHI

2010 Week 2 PPR Rankings: WR

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Andre Johnson HOU at WAS
2 Reggie Wayne IND vs NYG
3 Roddy White ATL vs ARI
4 Brandon Marshall MIA at MIN
5 Miles Austin DAL vs CHI
6 Calvin Johnson DET vs PHI
7 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at ATL
8 Randy Moss NE at NYJ
9 Greg Jennings GB vs BUF
10 Chad Ochocinco CIN vs BAL

2010 Week 2 PPR Rankings: RB

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE 

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Chris Johnson TEN vs PIT
2 Ray Rice BAL at CIN
3 Steven Jackson STL at OAK
4 Adrian Peterson MIN vs MIA
5 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX at SD
6 Frank Gore SF vs NO
7 LeSean McCoy PHI at DET
8 Jamaal Charles KC at CLE
9 Arian Foster HOU at WAS
10 Ryan Mathews SD vs JAX

2010 Week 2 PPR Rankings: QB

Other Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Peyton Manning IND vs NYG
2 Aaron Rodgers GB vs BUF
3 Phillip Rivers SD vs JAX
4 Drew Brees NO at SF
5 Tom Brady NE at NYJ
6 Matt Schaub HOU at WAS
7 Tony Romo DAL vs CHI
8 Jay Cutler CHI at DAL
9 Eli Manning NYG at IND
10 Donovan McNabb WAS vs HOU

September 10, 2010

Vikings-Saints Opening Night Reactions

Well the opening game has come and gone, and while it felt like Christmas Day, this holiday lasts for the next 17 weeks. But before we start looking forward to those next few months, let's take a look back at the 2010 opener and the fantasy implications it brought:

Garret Hartley definitely proved why you should wait to take a kicker. If you spent an early pick on him thinking that the Saints' high powered offense would lead to lots of fantasy points, the Aint proved that kickers are too unpredictable to count on. Imagine, you could have had...

Devery Henderson really didn't prove much in my eyes, but the TD was nice. He will always be a deep threat in my opinion, able to go off for 100 yards or go catchless in any given week.

Adrian Peterson might not have ended up with a jaw-dropping stat line, but he did show that he is still the king of Minnesota as he was turned to early and often. I was a little disappointed in the fact that he only had 1 catch, but he is still a workhorse who you can bet the house on. Just like...

Pierre Thomas. Saint Pierre was a tale of two halves. 1 total yard in the first half led to an offensive explosion in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The Saints leaned on Thomas, and he delivered, consistently ripping off 5 or 6 yard gains against an otherwise stout Vikings D. The goal-line TD reinforced the fact that Mike Bell is not around and scores should be aplenty for Thomas.

Another eye-opener was Visanthe Shiancoe, who was targeted a whopping 7 times from the TE position. I'm not quite sure about whether or not this was just Favre depending on his tight end because of jitters, or if he is going to be the number one option in the Vikings' passing game in Sidney Rice's absence. Either way, if you have a deep bench and could use a back-up TE, look to Shiancoe like Favre did so many times last night.

Both QBs, Brees and Favre underwhelmed in their debuts, but I don't expect that to last. Sure, Favre might not put up the same insane stats as last year, but he also only had a week's worth of practice to get into the game. And if you are a Brees owner and have any doubts, I have absolutely no idea why you drafted him.

Well that's about it from my fantasy point of view, a few great performances along with some mediocre. Oh, and the trainwreck of Hartley of course. Well good luck the rest of this weekend, and don't fret: one week a season doesn't make.

September 7, 2010

2010 Week 1 PPR Rankings: TE

Other Week 1 Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Gates SD at KC
2 Dallas Clark IND at HOU
3 Jason Witten DAL at WAS
4 Vernon Davis SF at SEA
5 Jermichael Finley GB at PHI
6 Brent Celek PHI GB
7 Tony Gonzalez ATL at PIT
8 Kellen Winslow TB CLE
9 Owen Daniels HOU IND
10 Zach Miller OAK at TEN
11 Chris Cooley WAS DAL
12 Heath Miller PIT ATL
13 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN at NO
14 John Carlson SEA SF
15 Greg Olsen CHI DET
16 Jermaine Gresham CIN at NE
17 Dustin Keller NYJ BAL
18 Kevin Boss NYG CAR
19 Jeremy Shockey NO MIN
20 Marcedes Lewis JAX DEN

2010 Week 1 PPR Rankings: WR

Other Week 1 Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Andre Johnson HOU IND
2 Reggie Wayne IND at HOU
3 Brandon Marshall MIA at BUF
4 Randy Moss NE CIN
5 Roddy White ATL at PIT
6 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at STL
7 Miles Austin DAL at WAS
8 Calvin Johnson DET at CHI
9 Marques Colston NO MIN
10 Greg Jennings GB at PHI
11 Steve Smith (NYG) NYG CAR
12 Desean Jackson PHI GB
13 Michael Crabtree SF at SEA
14 Malcolm Floyd SD at KC
15 Steve Smith (CAR) CAR at NYG
16 Chad Ochocinco CIN at NE
17 Hines Ward PIT ATL
18 Wes Welker NE CIN
19 Dwayne Bowe KC SD
20 Anquan Boldin BAL at NYJ
21 Pierre Garcon IND at HOU
22 Donald Driver GB at PHI
23 Hakeem Nicks NYG CAR
24 Mike Sims-Walker JAX DEN
25 Jabar Gaffney DEN at JAX
26 Steve Breaston ARI at STL
28 Terrell Owens CIN at NE
29 Johnny Knox CHI DET
30 Kenny Britt TEN OAK
31 Jeremy Maclin PHI GB
32 Mike Wallace PIT ATL
27 Santana Moss WAS DAL
33 Percy Harvin MIN at NO
34 Bernard Berrian MIN at NO
35 Devin Armoashodu CHI DET
36 Legedu Naanee SD at KC
37 Robert Meachem NO MIN
38 Derrick Mason BAL at NYJ
39 Laurent Robinson STL ARI
40 Dez Bryant DAL at WAS
41 Lee Evans BUF MIA
42 Braylon Edwards NYJ BAL
43 Eddie Royal DEN at JAX
44 Mohamed Massaquoi CLE at TB
45 Mike Williams (SEA) SEA SF
46 Jacoby Jones HOU IND
47 Mike Williams (TB) TB CLE
48 Dexter McCluster KC SD
49 Julian Edelman NE CIN
50 Austin Collie IND at HOU

2010 Week 1 PPR Rankings: RB

Other Week 1 Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Chris Johnson TEN OAK
2 Adrian Peterson MIN at NO
3 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX DEN
4 Steven Jackson STL ARI
5 Ray Rice BAL at NYJ
6 Frank Gore SF at SEA
7 Ryan Mathews SD at KC
8 Michael Turner ATL at PIT
9 LeSean McCoy PHI GB
10 Jamaal Charles KC SD
11 Rashard Mendenhall PIT ATL
12 Beanie Wells ARI at STL
13 Ryan Grant GB at PHI
14 Pierre Thomas NO MIN
15 Joseph Addai IND at HOU
16 Matt Forte CHI DET
17 DeAngelo Williams CAR at NYG
18 Jahvid Best DET at CHI
19 Knowshon Moreno DEN at JAX
20 Jonathan Stewart CAR at NYG
21 Arian Foster HOU IND
22 Shonn Greene NYJ BAL
23 C.J. Spiller BUF MIA
24 Jerome Harrison CLE at TB
25 Cedric Benson CIN at NE
26 Darren McFadden OAK at TEN
27 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG CAR
28 Felix Jones DAL at WAS
29 Ronnie Brown MIA at BUF
30 Marion Barber DAL at WAS
31 Tim Hightower ARI at STL
32 Darren Sproles SD at KC
33 Ricky Williams MIA at BUF
34 Brandon Jacobs NYG CAR
35 Chester Taylor MIN DET
36 Reggie Bush NO MIN
37 Justin Forsett SEA SF
38 Cadillac Williams TB CLE
39 Clinton Portis WAS DAL
40 LaDanian Tomlinson NYJ BAL
41 Laurence Maroney NE CIN
42 Donald Brown IND at HOU
43 Thomas Jones KC SD
44 Javon Ringer TEN OAK
45 Steve Slaton HOU IND

2010 Week 1 PPR Rankings: QB

Other Week 1 Rankings: QB RB WR TE

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Peyton Manning IND at HOU
2 Aaron Rodgers GB at PHI
3 Drew Brees NO MIN
4 Tom Brady NE CIN
5 Tony Romo DAL at WAS
6 Matt Schaub HOU IND
7 Phillip Rivers SD at KC
8 Jay Cutler CHI DET
9 Kevin Kolb PHI GB
10 Vince Young TEN OAK
11 Brett Favre MIN at NO
12 Eli Manning NYG CAR
13 Joe Flacco BAL at NYJ
14 Donovan McNabb WAS DAL
15 Carson Palmer CIN at NE
16 Matt Ryan ATL at PIT
17 David Garrard JAX DEN
18 Chad Henne MIA at BUF
19 Matthew Stafford DET at CHI
20 Matt Cassel KC SD
21 Alex Smith SF at SEA
22 Mark Sanchez NYJ BAL
23 Derek Anderson ARI at STL
24 Jason Campbell OAK at TEN
25 Matt Hasselbeck SEA SF

September 1, 2010

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Chad for winning the fantasy team naming contest! His entry of "Glen Coffee's Congregation" will live on with one of my fantasy football teams this year. Oh and his paypal account just got a little richer. If you would like to know about other contests going on here at FSC just leave a comment below or email me at and ill alert you of when you too can win some cold hard cash!