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Vikings Braintrust?
I've been a critic of head coach Brad Childress and the current Vikings management since he arrived in Minnesota, and the benching of Tarvaris Jackson is another sign their decision making process is flawed. [Childress is just 14-20 as head coach, compared how Mike Tice went 18-16 with a playoff appearance over his first 36 games].

No, I'm not a T-Jack supporter. He's been the problem with this team for the last two seasons. The Vikings are a team with a decent defense and strong running game who need a quarterback that just doesn't make mistakes and won't lose the game. T-Jack never fit that bill.

But the bigger problem with the switch to Gus Frerotte is the decision making process behind the move. Despite spending $150 million on Bernard Berrian, Madieu Williams and Jared Allen, the Vikings refused to upgrade at the biggest weakness from last season - quarterback.

I'm certainly no scout, but I've been down on T-Jack's potential because he's never shown any spark. Almost all quarterbacks struggle when first playing in the NFL, but usually there's a quarter or a half where they make some big plays and get you excited. Then they make a dumb decision and take a step back. Eventually the dumb decisions are fewer and the big players are more frequent. That's the usual growth process. The problem for Jackson is that spark, those great plays, just have never been there.

But hey, what do I know? Maybe T-Jack has talent that Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman see in practice. I could be wrong. But couldn't they also be wrong? That's why Minnesota's unwillingness to bring in a quarterback to compete with Jackson for the job was so frustrating. They had chances to trade for Sage Rosenfels or Jeff Garcia. Plus, Jackson is also an injury risk, having missed four games to injury each of the last two seasons.

So talk about going into a season with no backup plan. And then two games into the season when management is all-in on Jackson, they make a switch?

I think Gus Frerotte is better than Jackson at this point. But so was Kelly Holcomb last year. Both were marginal upgrades that may not matter. And I'm not sure the 37-year Frerotte can withstand the pounding to start more than a few games.

But what does this say about Minnesota's future? The management team pridefully boasted it could develop a quarterback, so much so they didn't need a backup plan. Then two games into the season they decide to change course.

Excuse Vikings fans if they feel like they're riding in a car where the driver has no idea where they're going. That's not usually not a good sign for the rest of the season.

Posted by Peter Schoenke at 9/18/2008 9:57:00 AM

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Fantasy Thoughts
AP The Overrated?

I agree with everyone who thinks that AP is the most talented running back in the NFL. I just think that his unmatched ability leads to him being wrongly perceived as the number one back in fantasy. That title belongs to either Brian Westbrook or Marion Barber. Let’s evaluate the talent levels of all three backs on a scale of 1-10. Let’s say that AP rates as 10 and Westbrook and Barber rate as 9. Then consider that AP plays on a below average offense and Westbrook and Barber play on elite offenses. It is that simple. A starting running back with a 9 skill level who plays on an elite offense has higher fantasy value that a running back with a 10 skill level who is a member of a below average offense.

Preseason Ranks Mean Nothing

Of course this is an exaggeration. Preseason rankings can be useful in providing a list of relative values that can be used as a crutch in making value determinations when you are having a hard time doing so on your own. However, most rankings need to be taken with a grain of salt and if following the rankings leads you to players that you don’t like, you need to follow your gut and reach for a player you really like.

Here’s a specific example from draft day. I had the 11th pick in a standard snake league draft. I took Romo with my first pick. Because I like drafting 3 starting caliber running backs, I decided to spend my next 3 picks on running backs. According to every ranking, my choices at 14 included unappealing choices like: Jones-Drew, LJ, Jacobs, Grant (injured). Instead of reaching big time (according to ranks) and drafting a player that I really liked (Michael Turner), I played it safe and drafted Jones-Drew. I waited for Turner in Round 3 and the owner before me took him. I wound up losing in week one to the beneficiary of Turner’s 36 point breakout. This has all been said before, but rankings need to be ignored when they are leading you to players you don’t really like.

Manage Your Bench

Too many owners fail to understand the importance of managing their benches as prudently as managing their starting lineups. Too many rosters are full of mediocrity and zero upside. As a general rule, the more backup running backs you can roster, the better the chance that you will become the owner of this year’s Earnest Graham or Ryan Grant. Roster the minimum number of backups at positions other than running back. Go for upside rookies or steady veteran backups for bye weeks and injuries. And again, stockpile as many backup running backs with upside as possible.

Favorite Things About Fantasy Football

1. Having several trade offers that I send out get rejected. Then winning that week because none of my offers were accepted while the declining parties all lost because they passed on the offers.
2. Taking a flyer on an electric, unknown like Darren Sproles before anyone knows about him. Then watching him run all over the Broncos. This isn’t me by the way. I picked him up and then dropped him for Brian Griese (2 QB league).
3. Trading Tony Romo and Jones-Drew for Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson before Week 1. Knowing after Week 2 that Rodgers is a top 6 QB and Jones-Drew is barely flex worthy.
4. Receiving a trade offer that’s so great I accept without thinking twice (Offered Donald Driver for Laurence Maroney).
5. Heading into a Monday night game down 40 points to my opponent. I have one player going and he has none. And watching that one player go off for 42 points (Joseph Addai in 06 against someone, don’t remember opponent and don’t know what has happened to Joseph Addai).

Thoughts

I’m not a believer in Roddy White for this season. The Falcons will run a conservative offense that will try to limit the mistakes of Matt Ryan. Tampa Bay was successful in throwing Ryan off his game by bringing constant pressure and this approach will likely be employed by future opponents.

I’m a big believer in Michael Turner. He’s one of the league’s few backs that should be in line for 20 carries per game and has as much breakaway ability as anyone. He is a low end RB1 and an elite RB2.

Matt Forte is similar to Michael Turner. He’s in line for even more carries (20-25/game), plays behind a solid offensive line and has vision and burst. I think he is a quality RB1 and an elite RB2.

After Gregg Olsen’s 2 catch/ 2 fumble performance in Week 2, I think it’s safe to say that he’s not worth a bench spot.

I don’t know what happened with Carson Palmer. He was a big disappointment last season and is unplayable right now. As for Chad Johnson, I think he’s underrated. He finished last season with roughly 1300 yards and 7 tds (don’t quote me) in spite of average (at best) quarterback play. Nothing has changed. Not sure why he’s not considered a WR 1 anymore.

Chris Perry is completely unproven, injury prone and not playing well. Kenny Watson was a starting caliber fantasy back last season when starting for Rudi Johnson. Kenny Watson should be owned in all leagues.

Derek Anderson is struggling. This is a serious concern for the Browns because Anderson has little pedigree (cut by the Ravens) and basically earned his contract due to his play for the first 10 games of 07’. If the Browns play themselves out of playoff contention, they could turn to Brady Quinn. Quinn has ability and Cleveland has the weapons to make Quinn a player to watch closely in 2 QB leagues (and possibly add).

Jay Cutler is definitely looking like this year’s version of Tom Brady from 07’. He has big time weapons in Marshall, Royal and Scheffler and has all the ability in the world. Mike Shanahan seems inclined to play to the strengths of his team and allow Cutler to throw the football 30-40 times per game. The only quarterback I have rated ahead of Cutler is Romo, but Cutler could easily finish the season number 1 at his position.

Tony Scheffler is a favorite target of Jay Cutler in the red zone and the Broncos figure to score a lot more through the air than on the ground. I only have 3 tight ends ranked ahead of Scheffler for the season (Witten, Winslow, Gates).

Kevin Smith is described as good in all aspects of the game but not great in any one. This combined with the fact that Smith shouldn’t get more than 15 carries a game in a pass first offense, has me thinking that Smith is no more than a low end RB2/solid flex option.

Drew Stanton is another intriguing speculative add in 2 QB leagues. Detroit thought enough of him to draft him early in the second round of the 06' draft. Considering that Kitna will lead them to no more than 5 or 6 games, they might as well take a glimpse into the future with Stanton.

Donald Driver is possibly the most underrated receiver in fantasy football. He consistently racks up 1,000 yard seasons and goes for 6 or 7 tds. This season will be no different as the Packers will throw a lot and Rodgers looks like an upgrade over Brett Favre from the last few years.

Steve Slaton sits atop the Texans depth chart and is thought to possess a great skill set. He is an intriguing player to own and many fantasy owners will be watching him this weekend against Tennessee.

I think Addai is one of the more overrated backs in fantasy. He is brittle, lacks explosiveness and is currently running behind a banged up offensive line. There are around 10 or 11 running backs I have ahead of Addai.

Jones-Drew’s situation is not a good one. He is still in a time-share, he’s running behind a depleted offensive line, Garrard’s horrible level of play makes their offense predictable for defenses and now he appears to be banged up. He’s looking like no more than a flex play at the moment.

In spite of his wonderful character and high football IQ, Chad Pennington is not any good. His 08’ season should resemble his season from a year ago with the Jets. Like the Jets from a year ago, The Dolphins will realize after they begin the season 1-7 that one of their young quarterbacks can do better. Chad Henne is someone watch in 2 QB leagues.

Last week against the Jets, Wes Welker led the team in targets with 8. In the face of pressure, Cassel dumped off a lot of screens and short passes to Welker. He could become Cassel’s favorite and if that happens, Welker would reacquire solid WR2 status.

I’m not a huge Drew Brees fan. He is the definition of inconsistent and although he is a part of an extreme pass first offense, he has few great offensive weapons. I would take Donovan McNabb or Aaron Rodgers ahead of Brees without hestitation.

Ahmad Bradshaw is worth owning. Were anything to happen to Jacobs, I believe that Bradshaw would become the primary back over Ward and he would have RB2 value.

Owners of Brett Favre and Jericho Cotchery, do not be alarmed by last week’s performance against New England. I have a good feeling that Manstupid woke up Tuesday morning and realized that he’s not Herman Edwards and his quarterback isn’t Chad Pennington. They should open things up against San Diego and put up solid numbers. I think in the future they will throw early and often inside the red zone and this bodes well for both players (as well as Coles & Stuckey). Thomas Jones has never been a great goal line back and this will lead to many 2 and 3 TD games for Favre. I have Cotchery as a low end WR1 and Favre as a top 8 quarterback.

I think Darren McFadden is the definition of high risk/high reward. He has injury concerns, competition for carries with Fargas and Bush, plays on a terrible team, and is completely unproven. It was also extremely alarming to see him get caught in the open field by a linebacker. If you’re a team that can handle the risk (say your 2-0 and have running back depth), then chase the upside. However, if you cant handle the risk, trade him for fair value (Matt Forte, Johnathan Stewart) and maybe get lucky and get an upgrade somewhere else.

I see Hines Ward as being very similar to Donald Driver. Both are workman-like, consistent receivers who put up 1,000 yard seasons year after year without any real recognition. Now healthy, Ward again looks to be Roethlisberger’s favorite target, especially in the red zone. Many prematurely assumed that Holmes would take over as the Steeler’s new number one receiver. I’m not buying it. Ward is a rock solid WR2.

Do everything you can to get Darren Sproles. If you have enough depth, overpay to get him. He is the type of player who could win your league if an injury ever makes him a starter. Even if LT stays healthy, there’s a decent chance that Sproles could start getting 10 carries a game to keep LT fresh; making Sproles a flex option against the right opponent.

Earnest Graham is a tough player to get a read on. His positives include his power and breakaway speed. His negatives include the mediocre Tampa offense and the fact that Dunn has been getting 15 carries a game. I have him as a solid RB2 but would prefer backs like Forte, Turner, Stewart.

Chris Johnson is another player who could win your league for you. He can currently be counted on for 20 carries between the 20s. While this is enough to make him a good RB2/great flex, there is a chance that he pushes Lendale White out of the equation altogether. If this were to happen, he would have RB1 value and would make anyone who traded him away very unhappy.

Posted by David Martorano at 9/17/2008 11:54:00 PM
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Post Week 2, My Running Back Rankings
Pretty self-explanatory, here are my rankings for non-keeper leagues with standard scoring systems. Feel free to post your feelings in the comments section and tell me how stupid you think I am!

1) Marion Barber – One of the league’s best O-lines, an offense that will move the ball with relative ease regardless of who they’re playing, giving up very few carries to Felix Jones and is the league’s best goal-line back. I think he could at least approach LT’s touchdown record.

2) Brian Westbrook – He’ll rival Barber as fantasy’s top producing back, I simply have him at No. 2 because he’s still a bit of an injury concern.

3) Adrian Peterson – Not sharing carries with Chester Taylor anymore and has a stellar O-line that will only get better once Bryant McKinnie comes back. I’d take him over any back in the league if I was building a real team but he’s hurt by Minnesota’s lack of a passing attack.

4) LaDainian Tomlinson – Injuries starting to become a concern. I don’t see a reason to put him above the previous three when all four are similarly capable of going for 30 fantasy points on any given week but LT is the only one banged up.

5) Joseph Addai – He’s faced two terrible matchups, he’ll be fine.

6) Frank Gore – Finally looks to have a passing game to complement his beastliness.

7) Willie Parker – Not giving up near the amount of carries to Rashard Mendenhall that I expected. Pittsburgh will be up in plenty of games and feed Parker the rock time and time again.

8) Steven Jackson – Still the focal point of his offense, more than any other back in the league, but the problem is his offense is mediocre and his team’s defense will find it tough to keep the Rams in ball games.

9) Marshawn Lynch – Great back on a good-looking team, value is certainly hurt a bit by what looks like 10-plus touches a game that will go to Fred Jackson.

10) Clinton Portis – Doesn’t have the speed he used to but is still a valuable No. 1 back.

11) Matt Forte – Hated him before the year, as I though the Bears would be the worst offense in the league. They aren’t, but what they are is a team that will rely on defense and their running attack to win games. I see Forte compiling a similar season to Thomas Jones’ two years ago (1,350-plus total yards) when Chicago made the Super Bowl.

12) Darren McFadden – Justin Fargas’ injury could be worse than people think. Though Michael Bush will be a factor, McFadden will get enough looks to ensure more than a few highlights this season and the fantasy points will come too.

13) Reggie Bush – Top-5 guy in PPR leagues. Marques Colston’s injury only further added to Bush’s value, as he’s now arguably Drew Brees’ top target.

14) Michael Turner – Hype of his Week 1 performance is gone but he’s still a beast.

15) Ryan Grant – Don’t sell low on him. He’ll be fine once he’s back to full health, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.

16) Thomas Jones – Improved offensive line and addition of Brett Favre have proved to give a nice boost to Jones’ production.

17) Brandon Jacobs – If you step out of a fantasy mindset, I think Jacobs in one of the league’s top-10 backs. I think he’s actually hurt that the Giants are so good, as they’ll bring in Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw late in games to keep Jacobs fresh throughout the season.

18) Jamal Lewis – Browns offense has faced two tough matchups and will get better. Lewis is still their feature guy, and there’s not a defender in the league that wants to tackle him.

19) Earnest Graham – Love the guy, hate that Jon Gruden is splitting his carries with Warrick Dunn.

20) Julius Jones – Seattle’s offense will get better once their wideouts get back. With Maurice Morris’ injury, Jones has a chance to show he deserves to handle the load.

21) Larry Johnson – Everyone was yelling bust before the season, and everyone might be right. He faces an unattractive schedule and the Chiefs are awful regardless of who happens to be handing LJ the ball.

22) Chris Johnson – Has surprisingly received a carry more than LenDale White through two weeks and also has five receptions to White’s zero. He’s the fastest back in the league and is a part of one of the league’s best running offenses.

23) Maurice Jones-Drew – Despite problems on the O-line, Jags offense will be better. He’s still just one Fragile Freddy tweak from being a monster.

24) Jonathan Stewart – Timeshare with DeAngelo Williams still a bit unclear, but it’s pretty clear Stewart is the man you’d rather have.

25) Edgerrin James – Still the starting back in a good offense but has lost all his goal-line duties to Tim Hightower.

26) Willis McGahee – He’s banged up and the Ravens offense should be one of the league’s worst. You won’t hear him saying he’s the league’s best running back anytime this year.

27) Chris Perry – Has been getting nearly all the carries in Cinci’s offense that can’t be as bad as they’ve looked, can they?

28) LenDale White – Chris Johnson is better but White still gets half the carries in Tennessee’s run-heavy system, including the invaluable ones on the goal line.

29) Steve Slaton – His bye week is already out of the way and Houston should be at least decent on offense. With the end of Ahman Green’s career looking like one constant stay on the injury report, Slaton could be a nice sleeper.

30) Felix Jones – Barber is firmly Dallas’ feature back, but I put Felix here simply because he’s one play away from being a top-5 fantasy back.

No, I didn’t forget about them

Laurence Maroney – I just don’t see much, if any, upside. He’s going to share carries all year long with Sammy Morris. And if Morris gets hurt, as he did last year, Maroney will share carries with LaMont Jordan. Plus Kevin Faulk comes in on third down regardless.

Kevin Smith – Detroit will continue to struggle, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rudi Johnson get worked more into the offense as he gets acclimated to the playbook.

Ronnie Brown/Ricky Williams – Neither of them have shown any reason to consider them as useful flex options this season.

Selvin Young – Mike Shanahan, on a life-long quest to screw over any and all fantasy owners that draft his starting running backs, is in his prime. Already murky with Andre Hall and Michael Pittman, it’ll only get worse once Ryan Torain returns.

Posted by Danny Goldin at 9/17/2008 11:40:00 AM

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NFL Notes
This Titans defense is no joke. Cortland Finnegan is one of the league’s better players few know about…The Bengals have faced a seriously difficult early season schedule, but that can’t completely excuse such a disastrous line by Carson Palmer (49%, 4.5 YPA, 0:3 TD:INT ratio). Things will get better, but with two of the three upcoming games @NYG and @Dallas, it may not be for a while…Feel free to cut ties with Alge Crumpler, as there are plenty of more intriguing TE2 options.

No doubt about it, I got the Bills wrong this year – they look much better than I anticipated. It all starts with Trent Edwards, who looks like one of the NFL’s most improved players thus far…Of all the RB2s stashed on fantasy owners’ benches, it seems Fred Jackson is flying under the radar. He’s a big part of the team’s third down packages and would get the bulk of the work if Marshawn Lynch were to get injured…I’m not ready to give up on Jacksonville’s season, but the writing was on the wall for a disappointing 2008. Especially with all these injuries, they currently look like the worst team in their division…Matt Jones may yet become a useful NFL player after all…Fred Taylor is still a prime candidate to break down, but right now, Maurice Jones-Drew is almost unusable in fantasy leagues. He was previously able to get by on limited touches because he was so productive on a per play basis, but with a ravaged line on a declining team, he’s basically Tim Hightower.

I drafted Darren McFadden (often too high) in a bunch of leagues not because I didn’t like Justin Fargas as a RB, but because I doubted his ability to stay healthy and loved Tom Cable’s system. Anyone who saw Fargas’ injury Sunday won’t be expecting him back anytime soon. Of course, McFadden left with an injury of his own, and it was quite disappointing seeing him get caught from behind by a safety…Put a fork in Larry Johnson, he’s done. Meet the new Shaun Alexander, circa 2007. If you can get a Chris Johnson or Jonathan Stewart for LJ, consider yourself extremely lucky. Hell, at this point, Darren Sproles has more upside.

Peyton Manning’s knee injury is of definite concern – it takes him forever to get it loose and often prevents them from running their patented stretch plays on the ground. Still, let’s not write off the Colts just yet…I’m beginning to think Bernard Berrian may look a little overpaid at season’s end…Not having Dallas Clark in the lineup helped his stats Sunday, but Anthony Gonzalez looks like the far superior receiver than the current version of Marvin Harrison.

Well, that didn’t take long for Jonathan Stewart to gain more fantasy value than DeAngelo Williams. That’s a legit Bears’ front seven Stewart carved up Sunday…Jason McKie is quickly becoming Matt Forte owners’ worst nightmare…How about Greg Olsen losing a fumble on both of his two receptions? That’s not too good…Can’t wait to see what Carolina looks like with Steve Smith back in the lineup.

Jon Kitna can remain an effective fantasy QB either way, but those interceptions Sunday were brutal. It doesn’t matter that the OC changed, Detroit will have a similar philosophy because of the personnel. And that’s not good news for Kevin Smith owners…Greg Jennings is simply one of the best deep threats in the game. And in deeper leagues, rostering James Jones right now wouldn’t be a bad idea…If that’s the best Ryan Grant can do under his current condition, might as well rest him a week or two to get that hamstring healthy…The system helps for sure, but make no mistake, Aaron Rodgers is the real deal. Consider him a top-8 fantasy QB moving forward.

This Rams team is bad. Very, very bad. As in, the team has yet to run a single play in the red zone this season! Any Torry Holt owners should use this week’s miracle (lucky) 45-yard TD catch and shop him around like crazy. St. Louis is a must-start for opposing fantasy defenses…Brandon Jacobs is more likely to stay healthy if he’s continued to be used this way, and more touchdowns are sure to follow…Because of his activity in the passing game, Steven Jackson maintains fantasy value. However, it’s pretty limited surrounded by these teammates.

Who was that wearing #17 for Washington Sunday, and what did you do with Jason Campbell?...When healthy, Santana Moss is a very good wide receiver. He could be in store for a big bounce back year…The Giants are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t have a tight end with a catch this season…Whoever made the when to and when not to go for a two-point conversion chart is an idiot. And Jim Zorn got in line with the rest of the followers and mistakenly used it Sunday.

I understand they were playing from behind, but Mike Smith really abandoned the run prematurely Sunday…Roddy White owners, be patient. Good things are to come…If I own Earnest Graham, I might actually try selling high this week. He’s had back-to-back nice games, but both have been predicated by one huge gain, something that can’t be counted on. They’ve also come against soft defenses. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Graham as a player, but if Jon Gruden continues to give Warrick Dunn 45 percent of the carries, there’s just no way he can be a consistent RB2…Something tells me this Brian Griese era is not going to end well.

What a day for J.T. O’Sullivan. It’s hard not to commit a single turnover while taking eight sacks. Mike Martz’s magic has officially returned. A 9.9 YPA mark after two games suggests more TD passes to come. Right now, I’d much rather JTO than Matt Hasselbeck for fantasy purposes. I might even prefer him to Carson Palmer…Run, don’t walk to pick up Bryant Johnson if he’s somehow available on your waiver wire…Patrick Willis’ 86-yard interception return for a TD was a thing of beauty…Julius Jones is someone to be shopped this week. Sell.

Looks like the Jets better not start printing those playoff tickets, after all. I’d still take the Pats and you can have the AFC East field…I’m so over you Larry Maroney. So very over you…So maybe Wes Welker can retain some value after all…Where are you, David Harris?

And on the eighth day, God created Jay Cutler…Philip Rivers sure looks like a top-10 fantasy QB to me…Got to give Mike Shanahan credit for having the guts to go for two there. Love it when a coach goes against the grain for once. In a game that featured 942 total yards of offense, the move made plenty of sense…Don’t worry San Diego, the Chargers will be just fine. They’ll make the playoffs…If I had the option to own any Bronco running back, Ryan Torain would be my first choice…I’m really trying hard not to say I told you so about LaDainian Tomlinson, but let’s just say I’d use my No. 1 waiver priority to acquire Darren Sproles this week.

Tim Hightower’s YPC is a bit misleading since so many of his carries come in short-yardage situations, but he’s the back to own in Arizona…Boy Ted Ginn sure has disappeared since the real bullets started to fly…I’d target Ronnie Brown as a buy-low guy right now…Ugh, my Miami ahead of Buffalo prediction looks horrible, but I’m feeling “pretty, pretty good” about my Cardinals as NFC West champs pick…Kurt Warner has 25 touchdown passes over his last 10 games. If the big three can somehow remain healthy, this offense is an absolute force, and because they finally have sound coaching, it’s a team with potential.

How weird was Ben Roethlisberger’s postgame interview Sunday night?...This Cleveland team isn’t making the playoffs or anything, but they have had quite a rough schedule so far. Expect another subpar offensive performance in Week 3, and then go target Braylon Edwards in trade talks…Like last year before the season-ending injury, Willie Parker is getting worked awfully hard…I loved Romeo Crennel’s mind-blowing choice to kick a field goal down seven with three minutes left because he gave me a win ATS, but it had to be one of the most illogical decisions ever made.

The Broncos/Chargers matchup was quite good, but the Cowboys/Eagles Monday nighter qualifies as early season favorite for barnburner of the year. As someone who picked Dallas in his survivor pool this week, I was sweating bullets…Jason Witten is an animal. He won’t let a little separated shoulder get in the way of playing football…Did anyone even notice Tony Kornheiser made a possibly insensitive comment until he apologized for it?...First Brian Westbrook willingly kneeled down at the 1-yard line last year, and now DeSean Jackson nullifies a would be 61-yard TD by prematurely celebrating. The Eagles have officially become fantasy football’s most aggravating team…That said, Philadelphia is legit. Donovan McNabb looks simply terrific. The one more year removed from knee surgery has made a huge difference…Marion Barber might score a few touchdowns this season…And now, I’m off to go pay Bruce Bochy a visit.

Posted by Dalton Del Don at 9/16/2008 6:02:00 PM
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RotoWire Podcasts
The first one in the post-XM era is up. We'll have them three days a week - the next one being on Thursday for this week with ESPN's Jonah Keri and one more on Friday with Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans.

The Thursday segment will essentially be a verbal version of the "Beating the Book" column - though Jonah won't always agree with me - and the Friday one will be a look at the fantasy matchups for Week 3.

Todays was the fallout from Sunday's games with RotoWire's Dalton Del Don.

One good thing about the podcasts is that they're not behind our pay firewall, so they can be emailed to anyone.

Feedback is welcome, and also for Friday, if you have any questions you'd like answered, feel free to post here, and we'll get to a couple.



Posted by Chris Liss at 9/15/2008 9:26:00 PM

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Sunday Live Blog
Wow, that was a really easy first drive for the Bills, particularly the touchdown itself.

It took Bengals fans all of three plays to start booing during the home opener.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 9/14/2008 10:04:00 AM

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10/27/2013 - 11/2/2013
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10/13/2013 - 10/19/2013
10/6/2013 - 10/12/2013
9/29/2013 - 10/5/2013
9/22/2013 - 9/28/2013
9/15/2013 - 9/21/2013
9/8/2013 - 9/14/2013
9/1/2013 - 9/7/2013
8/25/2013 - 8/31/2013
8/18/2013 - 8/24/2013
8/11/2013 - 8/17/2013
8/4/2013 - 8/10/2013
7/28/2013 - 8/3/2013
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013
7/14/2013 - 7/20/2013
7/7/2013 - 7/13/2013
6/30/2013 - 7/6/2013
6/23/2013 - 6/29/2013
6/16/2013 - 6/22/2013
6/9/2013 - 6/15/2013
6/2/2013 - 6/8/2013
5/26/2013 - 6/1/2013
5/19/2013 - 5/25/2013
5/12/2013 - 5/18/2013
5/5/2013 - 5/11/2013
4/28/2013 - 5/4/2013
4/21/2013 - 4/27/2013
4/14/2013 - 4/20/2013
4/7/2013 - 4/13/2013
3/31/2013 - 4/6/2013
3/24/2013 - 3/30/2013
3/17/2013 - 3/23/2013
3/10/2013 - 3/16/2013
3/3/2013 - 3/9/2013
2/24/2013 - 3/2/2013
2/17/2013 - 2/23/2013
2/10/2013 - 2/16/2013
2/3/2013 - 2/9/2013
1/27/2013 - 2/2/2013
1/20/2013 - 1/26/2013
1/13/2013 - 1/19/2013
1/6/2013 - 1/12/2013
12/30/2012 - 1/5/2013
12/23/2012 - 12/29/2012
12/16/2012 - 12/22/2012
12/9/2012 - 12/15/2012
12/2/2012 - 12/8/2012
11/25/2012 - 12/1/2012
11/18/2012 - 11/24/2012
11/11/2012 - 11/17/2012
11/4/2012 - 11/10/2012
10/28/2012 - 11/3/2012
10/21/2012 - 10/27/2012
10/14/2012 - 10/20/2012
10/7/2012 - 10/13/2012
9/30/2012 - 10/6/2012
9/23/2012 - 9/29/2012
9/16/2012 - 9/22/2012
9/9/2012 - 9/15/2012
9/2/2012 - 9/8/2012
8/26/2012 - 9/1/2012
8/19/2012 - 8/25/2012
8/12/2012 - 8/18/2012
8/5/2012 - 8/11/2012
7/29/2012 - 8/4/2012
7/22/2012 - 7/28/2012
7/15/2012 - 7/21/2012
7/8/2012 - 7/14/2012
7/1/2012 - 7/7/2012
6/24/2012 - 6/30/2012
6/17/2012 - 6/23/2012
6/10/2012 - 6/16/2012
6/3/2012 - 6/9/2012
5/27/2012 - 6/2/2012
5/20/2012 - 5/26/2012
5/13/2012 - 5/19/2012
5/6/2012 - 5/12/2012
4/29/2012 - 5/5/2012
4/22/2012 - 4/28/2012
4/15/2012 - 4/21/2012
4/8/2012 - 4/14/2012
4/1/2012 - 4/7/2012
3/25/2012 - 3/31/2012
3/18/2012 - 3/24/2012
3/11/2012 - 3/17/2012
3/4/2012 - 3/10/2012
2/26/2012 - 3/3/2012
2/19/2012 - 2/25/2012
2/12/2012 - 2/18/2012
2/5/2012 - 2/11/2012
1/29/2012 - 2/4/2012
1/22/2012 - 1/28/2012
1/15/2012 - 1/21/2012
1/8/2012 - 1/14/2012
1/1/2012 - 1/7/2012
12/25/2011 - 12/31/2011
12/18/2011 - 12/24/2011
12/11/2011 - 12/17/2011
12/4/2011 - 12/10/2011
11/27/2011 - 12/3/2011
11/20/2011 - 11/26/2011
11/13/2011 - 11/19/2011
11/6/2011 - 11/12/2011
10/30/2011 - 11/5/2011
10/23/2011 - 10/29/2011
10/16/2011 - 10/22/2011
10/9/2011 - 10/15/2011
10/2/2011 - 10/8/2011
9/25/2011 - 10/1/2011
9/18/2011 - 9/24/2011
9/11/2011 - 9/17/2011
9/4/2011 - 9/10/2011
8/28/2011 - 9/3/2011
8/21/2011 - 8/27/2011
8/14/2011 - 8/20/2011
8/7/2011 - 8/13/2011
7/31/2011 - 8/6/2011
7/24/2011 - 7/30/2011
7/17/2011 - 7/23/2011
7/10/2011 - 7/16/2011
7/3/2011 - 7/9/2011
6/26/2011 - 7/2/2011
6/19/2011 - 6/25/2011
6/12/2011 - 6/18/2011
6/5/2011 - 6/11/2011
5/29/2011 - 6/4/2011
5/22/2011 - 5/28/2011
5/15/2011 - 5/21/2011
5/8/2011 - 5/14/2011
5/1/2011 - 5/7/2011
4/24/2011 - 4/30/2011
4/17/2011 - 4/23/2011
4/10/2011 - 4/16/2011
4/3/2011 - 4/9/2011
3/27/2011 - 4/2/2011
3/20/2011 - 3/26/2011
3/13/2011 - 3/19/2011
3/6/2011 - 3/12/2011
2/27/2011 - 3/5/2011
2/20/2011 - 2/26/2011
2/13/2011 - 2/19/2011
2/6/2011 - 2/12/2011
1/30/2011 - 2/5/2011
1/23/2011 - 1/29/2011
1/16/2011 - 1/22/2011
1/9/2011 - 1/15/2011
1/2/2011 - 1/8/2011
12/26/2010 - 1/1/2011
12/19/2010 - 12/25/2010
12/12/2010 - 12/18/2010
12/5/2010 - 12/11/2010
11/28/2010 - 12/4/2010
11/21/2010 - 11/27/2010
11/14/2010 - 11/20/2010
11/7/2010 - 11/13/2010
10/31/2010 - 11/6/2010
10/24/2010 - 10/30/2010
10/17/2010 - 10/23/2010
10/10/2010 - 10/16/2010
10/3/2010 - 10/9/2010
9/26/2010 - 10/2/2010
9/19/2010 - 9/25/2010
9/12/2010 - 9/18/2010
9/5/2010 - 9/11/2010
8/29/2010 - 9/4/2010
8/22/2010 - 8/28/2010
8/15/2010 - 8/21/2010
8/8/2010 - 8/14/2010
8/1/2010 - 8/7/2010
7/25/2010 - 7/31/2010
7/18/2010 - 7/24/2010
7/11/2010 - 7/17/2010
7/4/2010 - 7/10/2010
6/27/2010 - 7/3/2010
6/20/2010 - 6/26/2010
6/13/2010 - 6/19/2010
6/6/2010 - 6/12/2010
5/30/2010 - 6/5/2010
5/23/2010 - 5/29/2010
5/16/2010 - 5/22/2010
5/9/2010 - 5/15/2010
5/2/2010 - 5/8/2010
4/25/2010 - 5/1/2010
4/18/2010 - 4/24/2010
4/11/2010 - 4/17/2010
4/4/2010 - 4/10/2010
3/28/2010 - 4/3/2010
3/21/2010 - 3/27/2010
3/14/2010 - 3/20/2010
3/7/2010 - 3/13/2010
2/28/2010 - 3/6/2010
2/21/2010 - 2/27/2010
2/14/2010 - 2/20/2010
2/7/2010 - 2/13/2010
1/31/2010 - 2/6/2010
1/24/2010 - 1/30/2010
1/17/2010 - 1/23/2010
1/10/2010 - 1/16/2010
1/3/2010 - 1/9/2010
12/27/2009 - 1/2/2010
12/20/2009 - 12/26/2009
12/13/2009 - 12/19/2009
12/6/2009 - 12/12/2009
11/29/2009 - 12/5/2009
11/22/2009 - 11/28/2009
11/15/2009 - 11/21/2009
11/8/2009 - 11/14/2009
11/1/2009 - 11/7/2009
10/25/2009 - 10/31/2009
10/18/2009 - 10/24/2009
10/11/2009 - 10/17/2009
10/4/2009 - 10/10/2009
9/27/2009 - 10/3/2009
9/20/2009 - 9/26/2009
9/13/2009 - 9/19/2009
9/6/2009 - 9/12/2009
8/30/2009 - 9/5/2009
8/23/2009 - 8/29/2009
8/16/2009 - 8/22/2009
8/9/2009 - 8/15/2009
8/2/2009 - 8/8/2009
7/26/2009 - 8/1/2009
7/19/2009 - 7/25/2009
7/12/2009 - 7/18/2009
7/5/2009 - 7/11/2009
6/28/2009 - 7/4/2009
6/21/2009 - 6/27/2009
6/14/2009 - 6/20/2009
6/7/2009 - 6/13/2009
5/31/2009 - 6/6/2009
5/24/2009 - 5/30/2009
5/17/2009 - 5/23/2009
5/10/2009 - 5/16/2009
5/3/2009 - 5/9/2009
4/26/2009 - 5/2/2009
4/19/2009 - 4/25/2009
4/12/2009 - 4/18/2009
4/5/2009 - 4/11/2009
3/29/2009 - 4/4/2009
3/22/2009 - 3/28/2009
3/15/2009 - 3/21/2009
3/8/2009 - 3/14/2009
3/1/2009 - 3/7/2009
2/22/2009 - 2/28/2009
2/15/2009 - 2/21/2009
2/8/2009 - 2/14/2009
2/1/2009 - 2/7/2009
1/25/2009 - 1/31/2009
1/18/2009 - 1/24/2009
1/11/2009 - 1/17/2009
1/4/2009 - 1/10/2009
12/28/2008 - 1/3/2009
12/21/2008 - 12/27/2008
12/14/2008 - 12/20/2008
12/7/2008 - 12/13/2008
11/30/2008 - 12/6/2008
11/23/2008 - 11/29/2008
11/16/2008 - 11/22/2008
11/9/2008 - 11/15/2008
11/2/2008 - 11/8/2008
10/26/2008 - 11/1/2008
10/19/2008 - 10/25/2008
10/12/2008 - 10/18/2008
10/5/2008 - 10/11/2008
9/28/2008 - 10/4/2008
9/21/2008 - 9/27/2008
9/14/2008 - 9/20/2008
9/7/2008 - 9/13/2008
8/31/2008 - 9/6/2008
8/24/2008 - 8/30/2008
8/17/2008 - 8/23/2008
8/10/2008 - 8/16/2008
8/3/2008 - 8/9/2008
7/27/2008 - 8/2/2008
7/20/2008 - 7/26/2008
7/13/2008 - 7/19/2008
7/6/2008 - 7/12/2008
6/29/2008 - 7/5/2008
6/22/2008 - 6/28/2008
6/15/2008 - 6/21/2008
6/8/2008 - 6/14/2008
6/1/2008 - 6/7/2008
5/25/2008 - 5/31/2008
5/18/2008 - 5/24/2008
5/11/2008 - 5/17/2008
5/4/2008 - 5/10/2008
4/27/2008 - 5/3/2008
4/20/2008 - 4/26/2008
4/13/2008 - 4/19/2008
4/6/2008 - 4/12/2008
3/30/2008 - 4/5/2008
3/23/2008 - 3/29/2008
3/16/2008 - 3/22/2008
3/9/2008 - 3/15/2008
3/2/2008 - 3/8/2008
2/24/2008 - 3/1/2008
2/17/2008 - 2/23/2008
2/10/2008 - 2/16/2008
2/3/2008 - 2/9/2008
1/27/2008 - 2/2/2008
1/20/2008 - 1/26/2008
1/13/2008 - 1/19/2008
1/6/2008 - 1/12/2008
12/30/2007 - 1/5/2008
12/23/2007 - 12/29/2007
12/16/2007 - 12/22/2007
12/9/2007 - 12/15/2007
12/2/2007 - 12/8/2007
11/25/2007 - 12/1/2007
11/18/2007 - 11/24/2007
11/11/2007 - 11/17/2007
11/4/2007 - 11/10/2007
10/28/2007 - 11/3/2007
10/21/2007 - 10/27/2007
10/14/2007 - 10/20/2007
10/7/2007 - 10/13/2007
9/30/2007 - 10/6/2007
9/23/2007 - 9/29/2007
9/16/2007 - 9/22/2007
9/9/2007 - 9/15/2007
9/2/2007 - 9/8/2007
8/26/2007 - 9/1/2007
8/19/2007 - 8/25/2007
8/12/2007 - 8/18/2007
8/5/2007 - 8/11/2007
7/29/2007 - 8/4/2007
7/22/2007 - 7/28/2007
7/15/2007 - 7/21/2007
7/8/2007 - 7/14/2007
7/1/2007 - 7/7/2007
6/24/2007 - 6/30/2007
6/17/2007 - 6/23/2007
6/10/2007 - 6/16/2007
6/3/2007 - 6/9/2007
5/27/2007 - 6/2/2007
5/20/2007 - 5/26/2007
5/13/2007 - 5/19/2007
5/6/2007 - 5/12/2007
4/29/2007 - 5/5/2007
4/22/2007 - 4/28/2007
4/15/2007 - 4/21/2007
4/8/2007 - 4/14/2007
4/1/2007 - 4/7/2007
3/25/2007 - 3/31/2007
3/18/2007 - 3/24/2007
3/11/2007 - 3/17/2007
3/4/2007 - 3/10/2007
2/25/2007 - 3/3/2007
2/18/2007 - 2/24/2007
2/11/2007 - 2/17/2007
2/4/2007 - 2/10/2007
1/28/2007 - 2/3/2007
1/21/2007 - 1/27/2007
1/14/2007 - 1/20/2007
1/7/2007 - 1/13/2007
12/31/2006 - 1/6/2007
12/24/2006 - 12/30/2006
12/17/2006 - 12/23/2006
12/10/2006 - 12/16/2006
12/3/2006 - 12/9/2006
11/26/2006 - 12/2/2006
11/19/2006 - 11/25/2006
11/12/2006 - 11/18/2006
11/5/2006 - 11/11/2006
10/29/2006 - 11/4/2006
10/22/2006 - 10/28/2006
10/15/2006 - 10/21/2006
10/8/2006 - 10/14/2006
10/1/2006 - 10/7/2006
9/24/2006 - 9/30/2006
9/17/2006 - 9/23/2006
9/10/2006 - 9/16/2006
9/3/2006 - 9/9/2006
8/27/2006 - 9/2/2006
8/20/2006 - 8/26/2006
8/13/2006 - 8/19/2006
8/6/2006 - 8/12/2006
7/30/2006 - 8/5/2006
7/23/2006 - 7/29/2006
7/16/2006 - 7/22/2006
7/9/2006 - 7/15/2006
7/2/2006 - 7/8/2006
6/25/2006 - 7/1/2006
6/18/2006 - 6/24/2006
6/11/2006 - 6/17/2006
6/4/2006 - 6/10/2006
5/28/2006 - 6/3/2006
5/21/2006 - 5/27/2006
5/14/2006 - 5/20/2006
5/7/2006 - 5/13/2006
4/30/2006 - 5/6/2006
4/23/2006 - 4/29/2006
4/16/2006 - 4/22/2006
4/9/2006 - 4/15/2006
4/2/2006 - 4/8/2006
3/26/2006 - 4/1/2006
3/19/2006 - 3/25/2006
3/12/2006 - 3/18/2006
3/5/2006 - 3/11/2006
2/26/2006 - 3/4/2006
2/19/2006 - 2/25/2006
2/12/2006 - 2/18/2006
2/5/2006 - 2/11/2006
1/29/2006 - 2/4/2006
1/22/2006 - 1/28/2006
1/15/2006 - 1/21/2006
1/8/2006 - 1/14/2006
1/1/2006 - 1/7/2006