With most of you hunkering down to conduct your drafts this week, if you haven’t done them already, let me remind you about our handy rankings and strategy recommendations.
2009 Foolish Fantasy Football Draft Kit
- As an alternative to fantasy football player rankings this pre-season, I’ve done a pick or pass on the ADPs for the top 24 running backs, the top 36 wide receivers, the top 12 tight ends and, just yesterday, the top 12 quarterbacks. Out of these lists of “starter-quality” players, you should be able to find your legit starters, and, if you’re lucky, a few quality backups.
- If you haven’t decided whom to pick in the first round, I recommended going wide receiver this year after the elite running backs are gone in last week’s strategy analysis.
- And if you don’t know how to get the best value in your draft after that first round, I presented my new fantasy football draft strategy for this season, dubbed the “cut out the middle men draft strategy,” as an alternative to best player available and drafting a starting roster. It may be a veteran strategy for many of you fantasy football newbies, but feel free to take on best player available, my tried and true formula, if that seems like a better fit for you.
- Don’t get caught up in the Brett Favre and Michael Vick hype or the Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer hope during your draft this season.
- And, last but never least, have fun this year. One sure way to enjoy your week this fantasy season is to follow Fantasy Football Fools’ foolish updates. You can subscribe to our free email updates, follow us on Twitter, follow our posts through NetworkedBlogs or become a fan on our fan page on Facebook.
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Now that our “draft kit” of sorts is out of the way, let’s talk football, shall we?
A Kick and a Prayer
For starts, did you see Chad Ochocinco kicking field goals last week? The fantasy football world will never be the same…
The first time Ochocinco kicks it into a screen at Cowboys Stadium, there’s going to be hell to pay. I can’t believe all the fuss about a television screen. Yes, it can be raised out of the way, so why are we so concerned that it will change the game? The Titan’s punter was gunning for it. That’s my story.
Chad Ochocinco might be better on your fantasy team as a kicker this year. Chris Henry has looked sharp this pre-season and was drawing compliments from Carson Palmer in the off-season workouts. For the second straight week, Henry scored a touchdown, even with J.T. O’Sullivan throwing the ball.
There may be better sleepers out there, but Henry is the only Bengals receiver I would want to own on my fantasy team this year.
He’s in a contract year, which means he won’t disappoint, and with Palmer looking like he’s one more sack away from sitting out 2009, it’s good to see that he can play nice with backup quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan.
On the Patriots side of the ball, Tom Brady looked a bit off Thursday night. As I’ve warned in the past, he could be a slow starter this season, and I wouldn’t blow an early pick on him unless you’re in a passing-touchdown or quarterback-heavy league.
Williamson was supposed to replace Randy Moss when Minnesota drafted him. He didn’t. Now he looks like he could be a deep threat.
Then again, Williamson might just be putting on a show until the regular season starts so that he can disappear in a cloud of fantasy owner frustration.
I’m interested in what he has to offer this season for the moment, and you can probably look for him as a late-round flier in most drafts or simply keep an eye on him on the waiver wire.
Now About That Hot-lanta Run Game
Anyone who is worried that the Falcons won’t run as much with Michael Turner this season should have watched the Falcons game against the Rams. I’ll give you that it was the Rams, but Turner looked like he was in regular-season form.
Contrary to Popular Belief
Willie Parker can still score touchdowns. He proved that this week. Rashard Mendenhall is great and all, but he’s just not spectacular enough to find his way onto the field for many snaps this year unless something happens to Parker.
Packing It In?
The new-and-improved Packer defense doesn’t look half bad. Actually, they don’t look even one-third bad. If this continues, I’ll have to look to snag them as a sleeper team defense. They certainly have looked exceptional at causing turnovers in the pre-season. The Baltimore Ravens are not too shabby in that category either.
Cutler 1, Neckbeard 0, Denver -1