Tag:Draft
Posted on: May 11, 2008 5:43 pm
 

2008-09 Fantasy Draft of Defenses

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1.        Vikings (NFC North) With the addition of Jared Allen, will only make this team better<o:p></o:p>

2.        Chargers (AFC West) Will have to pick up the slack from the offense<o:p></o:p>

3.        Jaguars (AFC South) The secondary was the weakness last year that should have been answered<o:p></o:p>

4.        Bears (NFC North) If your offense is not pulling the load someone else has too<o:p></o:p>

5.        Colts (AFC South) Will be a hardnosed team to beat but will not be the focus of the effort<o:p></o:p>

6.        Cowboys (NFC East) Could be ranked higher but will need to be in the regular season to find out<o:p></o:p>

7.        Steelers (AFC North) Smash mouth football is there calling sign, the defense is just that much better<o:p></o:p>

8.        Bills (AFC East) With the acquisition of Marcs Stroud will have the needed push that the Bills were missing last year.<o:p></o:p>

9.        Texans (AFC South) Maybe ranked higher than the stats have provided but they just needed a DB in order to help what there DL has provided in the past. <o:p></o:p>

10.     Packers (NFC North) Without Brett Favre the defense will have to work twice as hard<o:p></o:p>

11.     Seahawks (NFC West) Needs to step up in the NFC West in order to make a run at the playoffs<o:p></o:p>

12.     Giants (NFC East) Without Michael Strahan this year will lose some ground but will still be hard to defend against<o:p></o:p>

13.     Patriots (AFC East) An aging Defense will be in question but with the Offense who really needs a Defense<o:p></o:p>

14.     Titans (AFC South) Albert Haynesworth  will be in camp just who will be on either end to help out<o:p></o:p>

15.     Ravens (AFC North) With Ray Lewis you can not go wrong now can they bottle up that frustration into the regular season<o:p></o:p>

16.     Buccaneers (NFC South) Can go either way just needs training camp to solidify the timing<o:p></o:p>

17.     49ers (NFC West) Had the Defensive ROY last year now can they build on that for this year<o:p></o:p>

18.     Browns (AFC North) Willie McGinnest is a reckon force but age and focus will be key if the Browns want to win the AFC North<o:p></o:p>

19.     Panthers (NFC South) This team is in a very hard predicament win now or learn there fate at the end of the season, we can only see <o:p></o:p>

20.     Broncos (AFC West) Shannahan will work hard to improve last years fiasco we will have to see <o:p></o:p>

21.     Eagles (NFC East) With the acquisition of Asante Samuel may be the final peg in the hole to a solid secondary<o:p></o:p>

22.     Redskins (NFC East) A team in unrest, will they be able to recover and see the future better than years past<o:p></o:p>

23.     Chiefs (AFC West) Had a great draft now can they pull it all together<o:p></o:p>

24.     Saints (NFC South) Will need to have a comeback season to do anything, there is faith down south to be better than where they are now<o:p></o:p>

25.     Raiders (AFC West) Al Davis is the puppeteer for a coaching staff that is just wondering around<o:p></o:p>

26.     Dolphins (AFC East) Bill Parcells runs this team now, sit back have a coke and a smile hardnose football is back<o:p></o:p>

27.     Lions (NFC North) <o:p></o:p>

28.     Jets (AFC East) This is a little low for them but when regular season gets here the truth will be known<o:p></o:p>

29.     Falcons (NFC South) Good draft but to many problems and holes to fill<o:p></o:p>

30.     Rams (NFC West) Not much of either offense and or defense will need both to do anything<o:p></o:p>

31.     Cardinals (NFC West) More Offense than defense but can make improvements still to move up<o:p></o:p>

32.     Bengals (AFC North) What can I say, they will take a few years to be at the level they once were<o:p></o:p>

Category: NFL
Posted on: May 10, 2008 8:51 pm
 

AFC West

Here is a division that had 2 teams in the top 5 of the 2008 NFL draft Raiders (4) and Chiefs (5) with the Denver Broncos escaping into pick 12 with the 7-9 record. The San Diego Chargers won the division with 11-5 record and made it to the AFC Championship before getting beaten by the Super Bowl runner up New England Patriots. Below is a break down of each team and there project win loss column in 2008-09 NFL season<o:p></o:p>

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San Diego Chargers, with the NFL leading Rusher LaDainian Tomlinson, 2004 draft pick RD 1 (4) QB Phillip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates and a Chargers Defense anchored by LB Shawne Merriman, LB Shaun Phillips and CB Antonio Cromartie the Chargers are primed for another run at the Super Bowl. So what stands in there way, well one is injuries to Tomlinson, Rivers and Gates will be intriguing to see what happens when training camp gets here this summer. The other reason that speculation will arise is the Head Coach that has a track record of loosing with a 9 year history with the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders out of 141 games he has 58 wins to 83 losses or a .415 win percentage record. With the ousting of the previous head coach do to speculation of disagreements between Head Coach and GM caused a changed at the helm and Norv Turner comes in with a team that had a 14-2 record and it was not until week 5 that the return to form was able to be acknowledged. This season the schedule shows some Pro’s and Con’s that might be able to assist them in making another run at the Super Bowl but historically the window of opportunity starts to close as the number of losses at the playoff level continues. The 2008-09 projection would look to be a 12-4 record with a #2 seed and no more than a #3 seed at the most. Questions with the direction of the team will continue but should be overcome with focus.<o:p></o:p>

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Denver Broncos are a team on the rise again after a few years of getting beat up with injuries and changing of players, the Broncos should get some much needed support at the OL due to the drafting of OT Ryan Clady but the questions will not be on the OL this year it will be at the RB and WR position since the recent diagnosis of QB Jay Cutler Type 1 Diabetes that with focus and proper nutrition should not be a problem but will continue to be a concern if certain actions from the QB can not be performed due to exhaustion and or dehydration that could develop from the insulin deficiency.  <o:p></o:p>

The Bronco Defense was upgraded with LB Boss Bailey the brother of DC Champ Bailey should get some attention during the season. The 2008-09 projection is not as good as everyone would like being low at a 9-7 record just 2 better than last year. With the ability to overcome some obstacles could get a 10-6 record and possibly take the #6 seed in the wild card race. <o:p></o:p>

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Kansas City Chiefs are a team on a mission to get better. The trade of Jared Allen may prove to be the most deserving move that could be accomplished in the offseason of any team in the NFL this year. The drafting of DE Tamba Hali in 2005 made DE Jared Allen expendable and with the acquisition of Vikings 1ST round pick plus other later rounds allowed the Chiefs to make the necessary changes to the roster to hopefully make a move at the playoffs this year. This years drafting of DT Glenn Dorsey and OG Brandon Albert will solidify both DL and OL as a primary need to get back in the race. The question will be surrounding RB Larry Johnson and WR Dwayne Bowe to see if last year was a fluke or will additional attention need to be played in order to strengthen the deficiencies.  Chiefs have the tools now it will be time to see if they all work. 2008-09 projection 7-9<o:p></o:p>

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Oakland Raiders will be a team that passed on potential fame for a player that might not be who they expect. Darren McFadden is an outstanding candidate for 2008 <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">ROY</st1:place></st1:city> but there is fear that the position that he will be playing is not worthy of the #4 pick in this year draft. The obvious pick this year should have been at DT with Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis still on the board to replace DT Warren Sapp which was the heart and soul of that defense. Darren McFadden will be a home run hitter but his ability to out run veterans may be harder than it was in the college level. The Coaching staff has been nothing more than the puppets of NFL renegade Al Davis and has been since his merge into the NFL from what was called the AFL in the 1960’s. 2008-09 projection 6-10, #5 in the 2009 NFL draft. <o:p></o:p>

Posted on: May 10, 2008 7:25 pm
 

Drafting a RB Pro and Con

When looking to draft a RB in the draft this year for your fantasy team here is some information that you will want to look at to get a better decision when drafting.

My qualification for a solid 2008 fantasy RB would have to coincide with the better OL and QB that can throw the ball, both are essential to the success of a solid RB in any fantasy pool. The OL and QB are the key ingredients to the success of the RB getting the carries that are essential to the success of the player that is using the RB’s stats to win in there league.  <o:p></o:p>

LaDainian Tomlinson sure meets that prerequisite but injuries to Phillip Rivers (ACL), Tomlinson (Knee), Antonio Gates (Toe) has to play a heavy problem for the Chargers. If all is clear then yes he will regain the rushing crown once again. <o:p></o:p>

Steven Jackson is a very good RB but questions with the OL and passing attack has to come into question since double teaming Torry Holt will be a must and 8 in the box will be an everyday occurrence. So I can not put allot of emphasis on him<o:p></o:p>

Joseph Addai is another great draft pick for the Colts but teams in the AFC South has already worked there defense to defend the pass and run so Addai's stats will come down in coming months. The acquisition of Mike Hart will add the needed 1-2 punch that the Colts need but intern decrease the amount of carries that Addai gets each game. <o:p></o:p>

Andrian Peterson is another outstanding draft pick for the Vikings that with Chester Taylor has increased the value of the run game and help the passing game that much better. This year Tavaris Jackson will need to put it all together or his time at the helm will be limited with the acquisition of John David Booty that will be on the sidelines waiting his turn. <o:p></o:p>

Maurice Jones-Drew should receive some attention with the Jaguar Run game ranked #2 in the NFL last year and this is probably the last year for Fred Taylor since he wants to break Browns RB Jim Brown #8 all time rushing record before calling it quits. <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Taylor</st1:place></st1:city> needs 1600 yrds to do it and playing the AFC and NFC North will get him extra yards that would not normally be there. <o:p></o:p>

Marshawn Lynch is the other candidate that should get some consideration since the emergence of the Bills Offense and Defense restructure and the 2nd year starter Trent Edwards will need the push of the run game to keep the hopes alive for the AFC East crown or a wild card invitation. <o:p></o:p>

Rookies of consideration are Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall and Felix Jones due to the system that they are drafted to and the types of offensive power the teams portray. <o:p></o:p>

I have not mentioned Darren McFadden since the Oakland Raiders are behind the 8-ball with how they are going to use him. His running style is a homerun style each time he gets the ball but the OL is questionable and with no real Passing game the running game will be questionable to the amount of yardage can be acquired. <o:p></o:p>

Larry Johnson and Ronnie Brown are returning from injuries and could be a potential come back player of the year candidate. The Dolphins and Chiefs are primed to make a run but like previously mentioned the OL and QB situation is questionable so the run game will pay. <o:p></o:p>

Brian Westbrook is an excellent candidate for a solid fantasy point competitors but with Donovan McNabb and the OL having concerns not including the distractions associated with the Andy Reid family this year’s projections do not seem well with the Eagles<o:p></o:p>

Reggie Bush is another competitor that will fall again this year in the stats race, came out of USC with outstanding expectations past up by Texans and taken #2 by the Saints that have used him as more a wide out than a RB. His exceptional speed and athletic ability is something to be focused on but the system that Bush plays in does not really use him to his full potential. <o:p></o:p>

Frank Gore will be something that you have to look out for; the 49ers will need to take heat off of 2005 #1 pick Alex Smith in order to get passes out to the points of attack. The problem with Gore is not his abilities but the ability to break away from the many defenders that are in the box waiting for him.  If the off-season for the 49ers were better than last then Gore’s stats should improve from last year if not then you will not get what you want in a feature back of your Fantasy Team. <o:p></o:p>

Willie Parker is coming off a leg fracture that will place some doubts on his ability to perform this year. With the recruitment of Rashard Mendenhall the 1-2 punch will be just like the 1-2 punch of Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker, the pounding to be done by Mendenhall and the stretching of the defense by Parker. <o:p></o:p>

DeAngelo Williams is in a predicament, the acquisition of Jonathan Stewart and OT Jeff Otah will add to the strength of the run game and allow some time with Jake Delhomme to get passes out to Steven Smith and or Dwayne Jarrett who should be a better threat in year two of his career. <o:p></o:p>

The next blog will address those RBs that could have some stat support when drafting in later rounds of the fantasy draft. <o:p></o:p>

 

 
 
 
 
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