Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Four options as backup quarterbacks

Here was Wednesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Which of these quarterbacks has the most upside in 2011? Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel or Sam Bradford

In our 2011 rankings, my order is Stafford, Tebow, Cassel and Bradford. Based on your responses, many of you think Bradford should be drafted first with the addition of Josh McDaniels as the new offensive coordinator.

@tattsnscars13 Stafford if he can stay healthy, then Bradford

@mattcassel44 Matt Cassel

@phildreis Definitely Tebow. If I knew he'd play 16 games, he'd be top 5-10.

@CraiginSuwanee QB upside: Cassel, Bradford, Stafford, Tebow. TT has to show more. MS has to stay on field.

@collinjc775 Bradford with the addition of McDaniels and 1 year under his belt. If the WR's stay healthy he's a top 10 QB.

@HaitianKid79 Bradford. The Josh McDaniels factor.

@iMarques82 Stafford! If healthy, he has the best weapons. Could have a Schaub like season

@Jonbrony I like tebow because of his receiving core as a whole.

@RJones22 Stafford cuz he'll play a full season, then Tebow. I think Bradford will do the exact same next yr. Cassel :(
 
@rockhoundlsu wow tougher than first thought, may have to lean toward Bradford but must get Clayton back and Julio Jones in draft.

@gingerdad1 wow, great question! I would go Cassel (bowe/Charles), tebow(orton?), stafford(inj),& Bradford(mcd could be huge boost)

@oCLAYBOYo 1) Bradford 2) Stafford 3) Cassel 4) Tebow / that is my ranking and I see the Rams taking the NFC West next season!
 
@AP_Manning Stafford, he has top 5 upside, but he's also the biggest risk.

@fantasytips Stafford with all those weapons.

@FantasyJedi I'm guessing StL goes WR early in the draft. Bradford has the highest ceiling going forward. McDaniels should help.

@BenStandig Stafford by far. Look at what the #Lions qbs did this year collectively, plus gets a "healthy" Best for pass game

I like Stafford the best of this group for a couple of reasons: Calvin Johnson and the Lions production at quarterback in 2010. Whether it was Stafford, Shaun Hill or Drew Stanton, each quarterback had quality Fantasy production. The downside for Stafford is obviously health.

Tebow is next because of what he showed in his three starts to end the year. Like Michael Vick, his rushing and passing totals should lead to quality stats, and he had at least 24 Fantasy points in each outing. He also has a solid receiving corps with Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. But Tebow first has to win over new coach John Fox and prove he deserves the job.

Cassel was tremendous this season and has an elite wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe. But we'll find out how the loss of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will impact the passing game.

And Bradford, as many of you pointed out, has a high ceiling with McDaniels now calling plays, but the receiving corps needs to be addressed. Keeping Mark Clayton will help, but they need a proven No. 1 option to help Bradford take the next step in his career.

These are four quarterbacks many Fantasy owners should consider on Draft Day. You won't count on them as starters, but they could end up as a bye week or injury replacement. And if they develop or play as expected, then they can turn into trade bait.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Do you still trust Brandon Marshall?

Here was Tuesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Where do you rank Brandon Marshall in 2011 given the lack of a quality QB and a new OC in Miami?

In our 2011 rankings, I have Marshall ranked No. 12. He might move up a couple of spots if the Dolphins upgrade over quarterback Chad Henne, but the hiring of Brian Daboll as the offensive coordinator did little to help Marshall's value. Daboll's last job was as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, and we know the Browns didn't exactly have a dynamic passing attack.

I view Marshall as a safe No. 2 Fantasy wide receiver. You can make a case that Marques Colston and Wes Welker are better veterans given their situation and quarterbacks, and Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin and Kenny Britt have more upside. And if Vincent Jackson stays in San Diego or signs somewhere with a premier quarterback, he would also be better than Marshall. Those are just a few comparisons.

Marshall is still good, especially in PPR leagues, and he finished 2010 with 86 catches for 1,014 yards and three touchdowns in a down year. The problem is those were his fewest stats in each category since his rookie season.

But we'll find out what the Dolphins do at quarterback (Kyle Orton and Vince Young are possibilities or they can draft a rookie like Cam Newton), which will ultimately impact Marshall the most. As of now, plan on drafting Marshall at the earliest in Round 3.

Here's what you had to say about Marshall ...

@oCLAYBOYo Marshall will be out some way in Miami!
 
@gingerdad1 I think Marshall will end up next yr similar to this yr in that 15-20 range. Good upside, but QB issues
 
@BrandonEichholz Based on his talent, I rank him at 25.

@ErikRBaughn low #1 or high #2. If ppr then solid # 1

@Ross_Spargur 3rd or 4th round, no lock to do anything

@sjohnson1019 won't draft marshall, let him be someone elses problem or steal. 5th round WR2
 
@DirtDogDay Wherever Larry Fitzgerald ended this season is where I'd expect Marshall next season. Very similar situations in Mia and AZ.

@FollowThisSmell deciding between him, vjax and dez in ppr kpr lg - thoughts?

@stcrawford Probably a #2. He'll blow up some weeks, but give you 4-40-0 more often than that.
 
@AFeingold PPR league? He still finished with 86 catches while being hurt and missing two games
 
@johnrbarringer Top 14-19 RT @JameyEisenberg: Where do you rank Brandon Marshall in 2011 given the lack of a quality QB and a new OC in Miami?

@desides01 Low end WR2 with mega upside. Can't get any worse with Dan Henning gone. Brian Daboll being introduced now at dolphins.com.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 18, 2011 4:44 pm
 

What is Tony Romo's Fantasy value for 2011?

Here was Monday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Do you still trust Tony Romo as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback?

In our 2011 rankings, I have Romo ranked No. 8 behind Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub. And in our first mock draft for 2011, Romo went in Round 3, ahead of Schaub.

He'll be considered somewhat of a risk for Fantasy owners since he only appeared in six games before suffering a broken left clavicle this past season, and before he got hurt he had 1,605 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. But if you project his stats over a full season he would have finished with 4,280 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

The upside for Romo is great. You can probably draft him later than Round 3, and last year he didn't have a lot of time to work with rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant, who finally got healthy from nagging ankle, hip and hamstring injuries right when Romo went down. With Miles Austin and Jason Witten still playing well, and Jason Garrett now the full-time head coach, Romo should shine this year. He is a definite No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues.

Here's what you guys had to say about Romo for 2011 ...

@iMarques82 I think Romo will have a HUGE year.

@BennysDad916 because of an injury, he's not a #1 anymore? All he does is put up numbers!

@bigjon559 yes, but I'd only get him with a 4th or 5th round pick

@RossMooring Romo could EASILY end up with top 5 QB numbers. Was on pace for 5,000 yards thru first 5 games! Has Austin-Bryant-Witten.

@CdotNICHOLAS if he's still throwing to Miles, Dez, and Witten then I do.
 
@oCLAYBOYo Yes, offensive line still looks good and wide receiver corps looks good as well. The Cowboys will make some noise with Romo

@ONN8 absolutely

@AP_Manning I think I'd trust you as a #1 QB with Bryant, Austin, and Witten to throw to.

@marciaherold Romo? In the immortal words of The Who: We won't get fooled again.

@rockhoundlsu I have to put him in my top 10 probably around the same area as Freeman, so yes starter but not top 5.
 
@j2_whittington never did in the first place

@thecliffadams Absolutely still trust Romo, and probably even more now that he has Dez as a weapon

@ErikRBaughn he's a number 1

@AgentJR3 with the way the offense performed under Garrett and the junk qbs he was using, romo could have his best season yet.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:20 pm
 

LeGarrette Blount's Fantasy value in 2011 is ...

We're in the middle of our first 2011 Fantasy Football mock draft, and I like the way my team has started. Some of you, however, disagree with my third-round pick.

I went Arian Foster at No. 1 overall, and in the second round I took Tom Brady. In Round 3, I was hoping Calvin Johnson or Roddy White would fall to me, but both went in Round 2 after Andre Johnson as the top three receivers. That left me looking at a second running back.

On my draft list, the best player was Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount. He proved his worth in half a season in 2010, and he should run well again in 2011 as the featured running back for the Bucs. He has a good offensive line, plenty of talent around him with Josh Freeman, Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow and a favorable schedule next year.

But some of you think that was too early for Blount. Here are the running backs who went after him: Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Mathews and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Still on the board who could be comparable value are Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Grant, Ryan Torain, Cedric Benson, DeAngelo Williams and Shonn Greene.

I don't know about you, but I like Blount better than most, if not all, of those guys. But I posed the question on Twitter @jameyeisenberg if you trust Blount as a starting Fantasy option in 2011. Here are your responses ...

@BrycePrunty Let's see if Blount hits anyone in the off season first...

@commishpjn think he can be a decent #2 back.

@stevethelawyer Yes.

@mikem57 great question, I DO! What"s your take??

@bsmurray06 Yes, I think he realizes what a great second chance he got with Tampa.

@oCLAYBOYo worried about timeshare Jamey, do you see that happening?

@ErikRBaughn upside is Brandon Jacobs circa 2008. So late 2nd early 3rd

@live2trade next year should be a tougher schedule

@dcChuck As of right now I do but I don't think you can tell until after the draft

@Lhiob given the full reps in training camp as the 1st team back, yes.

@MoonSetGallery had him this year. Solid #2 in my eyes for 2011

@gingerdad1 I trust Blount in the 2nd-3rd tier for RB's. I may be crazy but I am going all in on the Bucs next year!

@RJones22 I'd trust LeGarrette as my #2 starting RB, not putting all my eggs in that basket yet as #1

@AgentJR3 nope, he can't run like that for a full season and not get hurt.

@Ross_Spargur yes! he did great and really played hard. He would have been a high draft choice if he didnt punch that guy...

@DarrellDawson I sure as hell hope I do. Lot riding on him. Just need him to not punch anybody out during offseason.

@jigbim LeGarrette Blount is a RB3, at best a RB2 during the bye weeks

@Twerley62 no

Blount will likely be one of those running backs that either falls far enough where he's great value, or someone might reach for him too soon. I think Round 3 is where he should be drafted, and I would gladly take him as my No. 2 running back in any standard league.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:28 pm
 

MJD still a first-round pick?

Thursday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@mjk212 Yes, but second-half

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

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

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

@IrieDame Absolutely NOT right

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

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

Stay tuned, more to come ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@redfern7581 Aaron Rodgers.

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

@wulfy Vick

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

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

@rockhoundlsu gotta stick with Rodgers

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

@BrandonEichholz Rodgers.

@oCLAYBOYo Aaron Rodgers

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

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

@jefflanejr Rodgers... Vick is too risky

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

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

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

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

Where should Reggie Bush go?

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

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

Here were some of the responses ...

@streamertyer On someone else's fantasy roster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catching up with Deuce McAllister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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