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>


Posted on: April 16, 2008 11:49 am

AFC South

In the hardest division in the NFL, teams like Jaguars, Texans and Titans playing in any other division in the NFL would be able to compete for a Division title each year.

You have the Colts that by far have the best Offense in the NFL, that has more NFL records as a whole that with Manning that can do more than an Offensive Coordinator can do from the sidelines, and a cover two defense created by Tony Dungy when he was in Tampa Bay that has been duplicated by most of the teams in the NFL.

The Jaguars have been the team on the rise for the last few years but have been subject to the powerful offense of the Colts that have been on fire in recent years that with uncertain luck have been too much for the Jaguars to overcome. If played in the NFC would be  Super Bowl contenders on a regular basis. David Garrard offers a new dimension to the Jaguar offense that has not been there since Mark Brunell left the team in 2004, mobility, arm strength and game management that is unmatched by 70 percent of the NFL. The Defense is the calling card of the Jaguars and the same scheme that lead the Ravens to the 2000 Superbowl and almost upset in the 2004 Superbowl with the Carolina Panthers that Jack Del Rio was the Defensive Coordinator for.

The Titans on the other hand have overcome salary cap hell to have one of the youngest teams in the NFL with a QB that can run, pass and make defenses miss that intern makes the Defensive Coordinators in these instances take longer to plan for. With age comes experience and Vince Young in a matter of a short time will be equal if not better than his predecessor Steve McNair that in his prime lead the Oilers / Titans to unprecedented playoff runs and upsets on a routine basis. If current Titans team played in the AFC North, would probably make the Steelers, Bengals, Ravens and Browns cringe each time they played the Titans.

The Texans are the newest franchise to the NFL and from the begining assembled a cast of players that will be the foundation for many years to come. When Dom Capers was released as the Head Coach and replaced by Gary Kubiak the aggressive style that was the calling card of the Denver Broncos for years is now the calling card of the Texans with the additions of Mario Wiliams #1 pickin 2006 and Okoye, Amobi DT that is only 20 years old this year. The building of the Defensive Line will solidify the presence in the middle and with last year trading of Matt Schuab from the Atlanta Falcons that is the aftermath of the Micheal Vick era changes the dynamics far greater than ever before. This is the team to watch out for this year and a potential wild card winner that could be an upset for many teams in the AFC.

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