Archive for December, 2008

RB rankings for week 17

Thats it for now – I’m going to go collapse in bed and watch Dark Knight and drink some soup. I love colds, don’t you? Maybe it’s a perfect excuse to sit in bed and watch football all tomorrow!

You can email me if you wish and I will try to get back to you when I emerge from my coma!

Running backs

  1. Michael Turner
  2. Brian Westbrook
  3. DeAngelo Williams
  4. LaDainian Tomlinson
  5. Adrian Peterson
  6. Matt Forte
  7. Ryan Grant
  8. Thomas Jones
  9. Steven Jackson
  10. Tashard Choice
  11. Steve Slaton
  12. Kevin Smith
  13. Maurice Jones-Drew
  14. Maurice Morris
  15. Willie Parker
  16. Cedric Benson
  17. Sammy Morris
  18. Pierre Thomas/Deuce McAllister (Injury concerns for PT)
  19. Warrick Dunn
  20. Clinton Portis
  21. Ronnie Brown
  22. Larry Johnson
  23. LeRon McClain
  24. Marshawn Lynch
  25. Darren McFadden
  26. Tatum Bell
  27. Fred Jackson
  28. Frank Gore
  29. Cadillac Williams
  30. Derrick Ward
  31. Leon Washington
  32. Tim Hightower
  33. Jamal Lewis
  34. Chad Simpson
  35. Justin Fargas
  36. Jonathan Stewart
  37. Chester Taylor
  38. Ricky Williams
  39. Willis McGahee
  40. Mewelde Moore

WR Rankings for week 17

Here are the WRs – RBs in a little while.

Wide Receiver

  1. Steve Smith (CAR)
  2. Andre Johnson
  3. Marques Colston
  4. Roddy White
  5. Larry Fitzgerald
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Reggie Wayne
  8. Vincent Jackson
  9. Greg Jennings
  10. Brandon Marshall
  11. Derrick Mason
  12. Randy Moss
  13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  14. DeSean Jackson
  15. Antonio Bryant
  16. Terrell Owens
  17. Wes Welker
  18. Eddie Royal
  19. Hines Ward
  20. Santana Moss
  21. Jerricho Cotchery
  22. Torry Holt
  23. Domenik Hixon
  24. Donald Driver
  25. Santonio Holmes
  26. Dwayne Bowe
  27. Anquan Boldin
  28. Lee Evans
  29. Bernard Berrian
  30. Kevin Walter
  31. Muhsin Muhammad
  32. Anthony Gonzalez
  33. Braylon Edwards
  34. Isaac Bruce
  35. Laveranues Coles
  36. Mark Clayton
  37. Dennis Northcutt
  38. Donnie Avery
  39. Davone Bess
  40. Deion Branch
  41. Devin Hester
  42. Steve Breaston
  43. Bobby Engram
  44. Justin Gage
  45. Bryant Johnson

QB rankings for Week 17

Due to this loverly cold I have, I’m getting this list out late and with no description. I will say that this a more a list of stable players than a list of guys I expect to go for 300+ yards and 4 TDs. I also think despite not changing the gameplan for Brees hitting Marino’s record he will have to throw alot. With Pierre Thomas a little banged up, he’ll need to. Rodgers will also be a stable start especially as the run game for the Pack hasn’t been steller. Rivers, McNabb, Cutler – all have something to play for and can throw the ball, which seperates them from guys like Favre, Orton or Edwards who have struggled in the pass game or are just playing out the string.

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees – Saints vs Panthers
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Packers vs Lions
  3. Philip Rivers – Chargers vs Broncos
  4. Donovan McNabb – Eagles vs Cowboys
  5. Jay Cutler – Broncos at Chargers
  6. Matt Schaub – Texans vs Bears
  7. Matt Ryan – Falcons vs Rams
  8. Chad Pennington – Dolphins at Jets
  9. Matt Cassel – Patriots at Bills
  10. Seneca Wallace – Seahawks at Cardinals
  11. Shaun Hill – 49rs vs Redskins
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers vs Browns
  13. Kurt Warner – Cardinals vs Seahawks
  14. Tony Romo – Cowboys at Eagles
  15. Jake Delhomme – Panthers at Saints
  16. Jeff Garcia – Bucs vs Raiders
  17. Tarvaris Jackson – Vikings vs Giants
  18. Tyler Thigpen – Chiefs at Bengals
  19. Joe Flacco – Ravens vs Jaguars
  20. Eli Manning – Giants at Vikings
  21. Kyle Orton – Bears at Texans
  22. Brett Favre – Jets vs Dolphins
  23. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Bengals vs Chiefs
  24. Trent Edwards – Bills vs Patriots
  25. Jason Campbell – Redskins at 49rs
  26. David Garrard – Jaguars at Ravens
  27. Dan Orlovsky – Lions at Packers
  28. Bruce Gradkowski – Browns at Steelers
  29. Peyton Manning – Colts vs Titans
  30. Marc Bulger – Rams at Falcons
  31. JaMarcus Russell – Raiders at Bucs
  32. Kerry Collins – Titans at Colts
  33. David Carr – Giants at Vikings

Poinsettia Bowl Breakdown and Rankings News

Hey folks – the breakdown on College Football Insiders went up while I was Christmas shopping and dropping the Blurbmobile off at the service center for a severe case of electrical issues.


Here is the breakdown for the Poinsettia Bowl!

Also you may have noticed that there are no top positional rankings for week 16. That’s because we will be talking about the season rankings on tomorrow’s extended Thundering Blurb News Stampede. Starts at 9am PST/noon EST and goes 60 Minutes!

Stop by, won’t you?

And Happy Holidays to those unable to make it – thanks for making us a part of your Fantasy Footbal lSeason!

Blurb finishes 8 out of 64 teams in Fantasy Sportswriter Association League

Hey folks

I’ve mentioned it a few times this August I joined the Fantasy Sportswriter Association’s Experts League. The playoffs just wrapped up and I finished 8th in the playoffs (16 teams) which is also 8th overall out of 64 teams. These teams included people like Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Stephania Bell and Chris Harris of ESPN as well as less known names like CBSSports.com’s Jamey Eisenberg and George Winkler from the Sporting News.

We all got smoked by Sigmund Bloom of Footballguys.com. The man was on a mission, got out of the gates fast during the playoffs and never looked back. The playoffs were more 15 teams fighting for 2nd as Sig just went off. I am very happy for my Drive-Block co-host – he worked hard and it showed.

Still, amongst this illustrious group, to finish 8th is an achievement I am very proud of. I won my 16 team division and had a nice little run in the playoffs – which were not head to head but total overall points (regular season was head to head).

Not bad for a small indie site.

For those interested, here was the Blurb’s team:

Donovan McNabb QB
Matt Forte RB
Le’Ron McClain RB
Larry Fitzgerald WR
Kevin Walter WR
Terrell Owens WR
Vincent Jackson WR
Greg Olsen TE
Joe Nedney K
Arizona Cardinals Def/ST
Joe Flacco QB
Willie Parker RB
Leon Washington RB
LenDale White RB
Chad Ocho Cinco WR
Nate Washington WR
Domenik Hixon WR
Bo Scaife TE
Matt Bryant K
Buffalo Bills Def/ST

Bowl Previews at NFLDraftbible.com

Here are a couple of previews I did for the NFLDraftbible and College Football Insiders -

New Mexico Bowl – Colorado State vs Fresno State

Las Vegas Bowl – BYU vs Arizona

All that and much more great content for Bowl games, draft prospects and much more over at NFLDraftbible.com!

RB Rankings for Week 16

Like with the Wide Receivers, I added some backs to the list for Championship week.

I know I am not remotely alone in ranking Pierre Thomas as the number one back this week. I get that. But I have to agree with the group-think this week – and I swear have had Thomas in the top three for this week since Reggie Bush went down and even prior to that I thought he was due for a big game. Now the Brees/Saints will throw for sure. But Thomas is on fire the last two weeks and looked very good with a full load against the Bears. The pass game will keep the Lions honest and this should lock a job with the Saints for Thomas in 2009.

Brian Westbrook had been torching opposing defenses until last week, where he came back down to earth neither breaking 100 total yards nor scoring a touchdown. He also lacked carries – the prior two weeks he had carried the rock more than 20 times each and he should see that number of carries and touches this week. Washington’s D has fallen to pieces and have allowed 361 yards on the ground over the last the weeks.

It’s about time, but Steven Jackson says he is finally ready for a breakout game. Aside from mocking him for the fact that anyone’s breakout game comes in week 16, much less a vet like Jackson – I think he’s got something here and is primed for a really great day and is coming off a pretty darned good performance against Seattle. It’s just in time for your Fantasy Championship and he should be worth that first round pick you spent if he can win you that trophy.

Despite being fourth on the list, Adrian Peterson is driven for a rushing title and he will put forth his usual great effort again this week against a rush defense that has allowed 120 yds per game and allowed 15 TDs during the season. They played well against Tampa Bay but overall have struggled against the run the last month or so. Peterson is a must start this week and should put forth a very good start for your Championship lineup.

For a little while in the beginning of the season, Thomas Jones looked to be on his way towards another disapppointing season – but lo, and the Favre got his head around the offense and the Mangini actually chose to run the ball – and now Jones is over 1100 yards and topping 13 touchdowns for the year. He’s had a TD 7 of the last 8 games – 10 of them total in fact and faces a run defense ranked 21st in the league and allowing 13 rush TDs thus far. I think Jones will be asked to run the ball a lot in order to make sure the Jets control the clock in this must win game on their last trip west.

Running Backs

  1. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Lions
  2. Brian Westbrook, Eagles at Redskins
  3. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. 49ers
  4. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Falcons
  5. Thomas Jones, Jets at Seahawks
  6. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Broncos
  7. Michael Turner, Falcons at Vikings
  8. Steve Slaton, Texans at Raiders
  9. Matt Forte, Bears vs. Packers
  10. Clinton Portis, Redskins vs. Eagles
  11. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers at Buccaneers
  12. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins at Chiefs
  13. Tashard Choice, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  14. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Giants
  15. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Panthers
  16. Kevin Smith, Lions vs. Saints
  17. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Steelers
  18. Jamal Lewis, Browns vs. Bengals
  19. Larry Johnson, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  20. Cedric Benson, Bengals at Browns
  21. Ricky Williams, Dolphins at Chiefs
  22. Darren McFadden, Raiders vs Texans
  23. Ryan Grant, Packers at Bears
  24. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  25. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens at Cowboys
  26. Sammy Morris, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  27. P.J. Pope, Broncos vs. Bills
  28. Maurice Morris, Seahawks vs. Jets
  29. DeShaun Foster, 49ers at Rams
  30. Willie Parker, Steelers at Titans
  31. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Giants
  32. Leon Washington, Jets at Seahawks
  33. J.J. Arrington, Cardinals at Patriots
  34. Chester Taylor, Vikings vs. Falcons
  35. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  36. Kevin Faulk, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  37. Justin Fargas, Raiders vs. Texans
  38. Tatum Bell, Broncos vs. Bills
  39. Tim Hightower, Cardinals at Patriots
  40. Mewelde Moore, Steelers at Titans
  41. LaMont Jordan, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  42. Ray Rice, Ravens at Cowboys
  43. LenDale White, Titans vs. Steelers
  44. Derrick Ward, Giants vs. Panthers

WR Rankings for Week 16

With the huge weekend, I expanded my last week of rankings (unless there is a huge outcry) so we’re covered no matter what! So without further ado -

Steve Smith peaked at just the right time, huh? He’s topped 100+ yards for 4 straight weeks and has scored in the last two games as well. He’s on fire and even against tough defense like NY, he’s a lock to your lineup. Delhomme may be on his way out, but he’s finding Smith early and often (49 times in his last five games) and Smith is having success against even difficult matchups. Get him in and keep him in.

Megatron or Calvin Johnson as he is known as by some, can do a lot with a little. But last week he had a deluge of targets (16, 9 of which he caught) has scored 4 TDs over the last five games, with no less than 60 yards each game. The Saints are ranked 26th vs the pass although they have played better the last few weeks. Still Johnson should do well even with a meager amount of targets – and I think Orlovsky will continue to try and force him the ball and he’ll get his chance again to have another big game.

Andre Johnson should continue to benefit from Matt Schaub’s current hot streak. Johnson himself has been a tad streaky, but while he won’t mount another 200+ yard game he should put up some great numbers nonetheless. Johnson thinks Nnamdi Asomugha will shadow him but Oakland doesn’t usually do that. Still, even if it happens, Johnson is good enough to find room to move and catch plenty of balls as well.

Here we are again speaking of Greg Jennings who is STILL a guy that I never see/hear anyone talking about him. Maybe that’s why I always feel like he’s pretty underrated. As I think Rodgers is going to have a big day, you know Jennings will be his favorite target as always. He’s automatic and been very stable as a fantasy WR and will be so again here in the Fantasy Championship.

While I do fully expect Michael Turner to be getting a ton of carries, Atlanta will need to pass on occasion to keep the defense honest. And Matt Ryan always looks for his top option, Roddy White. White should have no problem finding room to function against the 22nd ranked pass defense, though while they do not get too many interceptions, they also don’t tend to allow many TDs (just 13 in 15 games). I do believe you’ll see White in the end zone once though and he is sure to get good yards for you as well.

Wide Receivers

  1. Steve Smith, Panthers at Giants
  2. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Saints
  3. Andre Johnson, Texans at Raiders
  4. Greg Jennings, Packers at Bears
  5. Roddy White, Falcons at Vikings
  6. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Patriots
  7. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  8. Marques Colston, Saints at Lions
  9. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  10. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Buccaneers
  11. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Bills
  12. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  13. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  14. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Rams
  15. Lance Moore, Saints at Lions
  16. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Bengals
  17. Hines Ward, Steelers at Titans
  18. Lee Evans, Bills at Broncos
  19. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  20. Davone Bess, Dolphins at Chiefs
  21. Donald Driver, Packers at Bears
  22. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Eagles
  23. Kevin Walter, Texans at Raiders
  24. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Seahawks
  25. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Browns
  26. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Redskins
  27. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Cowboys
  28. Eddie Royal, Broncos vs. Bills
  29. Michael Jenkins, Falcons at Vikings
  30. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Falcons
  31. Domenik Hixon, Giants vs. Panthers
  32. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Titans
  33. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Patriots
  34. Chad Johnson, Bengals at Browns
  35. Devin Hester, Bears vs. Packers
  36. Nate Washington, Steelers at Titans
  37. Steve Smith, Giants vs. Panthers
  38. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Giants
  39. Deion Branch, Seahawks vs. Jets
  40. Donnie Avery, Rams vs. 49ers
  41. Torry Holt, Rams vs. 49ers
  42. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Seahawks
  43. Bryant Johnson, 49ers at Rams
  44. Bobby Wade Vikings at Falcons
  45. Amani Toomer Giants vs Panthers

QB Rankings for Week 16

Aaron Rodgers has been playing well despite the unfortunate inability of the team to win over the last month. You can argue whether Favre would have been better for the Pack or what Rodgers doesn’t do or how he ain’t favre – all that maters, like, NOT at all. Fact is, he has thrown for 1119 yards, 8 TDs over the last four games. He has thrown 6 INTs which is problematic in many leagues, but since a bad game against New Orleans in week 12. Still, this is a big game where they can punk the Bears and Rodgers is playing well the last few weeks. He will definitely get yards (the bears allow 230+ yards per game and 17 TDs) but this is a tough defense which is ranked third in the league in interceptions. I believe Rodgers will have a great yardage and TD day – but he may toss a bad decision out there as well.

Drew Brees will see a lot of hand offs to Pierre Thomas as Thomas stomps the Lions defense. But Brees is still Brees and this offense throws – a lot. And will do so against Detroit as well. He hasn’t been throwing the ball with the torrid pace he had been earlier, but I think he is goignto comedarn close to that 300 yards this week. Yes, even with Thomas there, he will throw a ton. After all behind Thomas is a banged up McAllister there’s a whole lot of nothing. Brees will throw – early often and endlessly.

Now that it doesn’t matter anymore, WOOO those Texans can play. Err…. anyway, maybe this would have been different had Matt Schaub not been hurt, but he did and it isn’t. The Raiders have been a little spotty coverage wise- oh they have Nnamdi Asomugha, but that’s about it. Turns out Chris Johnson isn’t as good as he looked two weeks ago. It’s going to be hard to contain Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter and Schaub has been tearing it up the last few weeks. Against a reeling defense, Schaub should have a field day.

Now the next two have me concerned due to weather. If it comes in sideways, both these guys will find themselves throwing short passes and handing off the ball – or at least watching their passes go backwards. Matt Cassel has played very well and is finding both Wes Welker and Randy Moss plenty of times. The Cards secondary is opportunistic and could create a turnover but they may be hard pressed to stop him, only slowing him down on occasion. Kurt Warner may be in more trouble, but might also have to throw even more because he has no run game. We have hit Tim Hightower’s ceiling at this point and we already know what JJ Arrington can do. And Edge seems done. Warner – even in brutal weather – might have to throw even if Belichick keeps the pressure on him as you imagine he is plotting to do right now. But enough wind could limit how often he can reach Fitzgerald and Breaston (Boldin is out). Still, the possibility that he can throw 40 times means he could have a very good yards day.

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Bears
  2. Drew Brees, Saints at Lions
  3. Matt Schaub, Texans at Raiders
  4. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Patriots
  6. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Bills
  7. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  8. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Buccaneers
  9. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Redskins
  10. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Titans
  11. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  12. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Rams
  13. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Vikings
  14. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks vs. Jets
  15. Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings vs. Falcons
  16. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  17. Brett Favre, Jets at Seahawks
  18. Trent Edwards, Bills at Broncos
  19. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Panthers
  20. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Giants
  21. Chad Pennington, Dolphins at Chiefs
  22. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Packers
  23. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Steelers
  24. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Cowboys
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Browns
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Saints
  27. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Eagles
  28. Marc Bulger, Rams vs. 49ers
  29. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Texans
  30. Ken Dorsey, Browns vs. Bengals

Thursday Game Breakdown – Colts at Jaguars (Jaguars breakdown)

David Garrard – A bad matchup to be sure, the Colts are only allowing 190 yds per game. Does it get worse? Yup – only a meager 5 TDs through the air while snagging 14 INTs – good enough for 9th best total in the league. Garrard has been up and down all seasojn – I wouldn’t want to throw him out there in my Championship week against this defense.

Maurice Jones-Drew – MJD is THE MAN now in the backfield and faces a nice matchup. The Colts allow 127+ yards a game on the ground and 16 Tds to date. Not only will MJD get a lot of carries, he’ll get some targets in the pass game as well. While he has under-produced for chunks of the season, I think this week he rolls off a very nice game.

Dennis Northcutt – Looks like he gets Garrard’s love with Matt Jones out. Can I trust him? Probably not, certainly not as more than a 4. As I expect a bad game from Garrard, you can’t depend on Northcutt all that much.

Reggie Williams – Williams consistently confuses the heck out of everybody and while he can put up the occasional big game I don’t think this is a matchup I would risk it.

Mike Walker – Nope – I want to see him play I think he has potential but it hasn’t been realized – or evident – since he hasn’t been on the field.

Marcedes Lewis – A shaky guy at best, not in the top 10 TEs this week, but if you are in a Hail Mary situation, you’re likely going to get maybe 20-40 yards and 3-5 catches. So not pretty, and barely passable.