October 01, 2008
Things change fast in the NFL and one of the objectives to fantasy players is to figure out the new landscape quicker than the opposition. With that in mind, I'll be presenting to you weekly position ranks based on "rest of the season" value. What's already happened matters only as an audition; this list, in theory, would be my cheatsheet if I had a new draft tonight. Your intelligent disagreement is most welcome in the comments, and will help all of us going forward. Dig in.
Rules and specs on the ranks are tagged at the bottom of the post.
Comments: Tip your cap to Brees and Sean Payton, they can get it done no matter who they're throwing to . . . More health concerns than normal at this position; McNabb and Warner are two dynamite QBs when on the field, but does anyone feel confident they'll see 16 games? . . . Garrard showed juice with his legs last week, which could push him up the list as we move through October . . . For my Campbell apology, see this week's Monday Brunch . . . Hasselbeck finally gets his receiver upgrade this week, though it will take a while for Engram and Branch to get into full-game shape.
Comments: I'm telling you, the ideal window to sell Tomlinson might be right now. Watch every snap of the season and tell me it's the same guy. I don't see it. Mind you, I'm still ranking him sixth and I'm still considering him an every-week start and a very valuable player, but if you can get someone else to pay up like he's the No. 1 fantasy player in the league, write the sell ticket (I welcome your respectful disagreement on this, as always, just don't misunderstand what I'm saying; this is not a call for you to trade LT for scrubs or spare parts) . . . Grant's the toughest call on the board right now and let's work through it together, below . . . I don't dispute MJD's ability, but it's hard to trust his touch count, week-to-week . . . I picked Rudi Johnson over McClain in a key waiver move last week, and that's feeling like a mistake. McClain's really impressed me with his versatility and physicality.
Comments: It's difficult to rank Boldin until we know more about his physical condition . . . Even with Ocho Stinko's touchdown he moved down from the previous shuffle list, which tells you everything you need to know . . . I guess Coles can stop pining for the Pennington days now. His first TD last week came on a throw Chad definitely can't make . . . Pick up those veteran Seattle receivers if you still can, but don't start them this week . . . Moore's game at Denver (seven catches, 81 yards) is more representative of what we'll see from him, not the explosion against San Francisco. That said, he's in the circle of trust . . . Keep an eye on Battle, who might wind up being the surprise fill to the Mike Martz "out of nowhere" receiver gap.
Comments: Keller's Week 4 score game in absolute garbage time, but nonetheless he's getting additional snaps every week and might be a handy guy to have in the second half of the year . . . Daniels impresses me every time I watch him. The touchdowns will come . . . There's no better time to plug-and-play on Fasano, who gets a shot at San Diego's linebackers and safeties this week. The Chargers still have talent on the outside, but their tight end coverage has been a mess.
Comments: Prater did nothing to earn trust in Atlanta, but he's looked like a different guy with the Broncos . . . Remember that this is a context position; we're looking for winning teams and consistent offenses. That's why I want no part of Graham or Josh Brown right now.
Comments: The Jim Johnson schemes are a thing of beauty in Philadelphia. It's not about how many men you rush, it's how you deploy them . . . The Seahawks remain a nasty unit at home, but I'd look to fade them on the road . . . Losing defenses don't get tee-off time in the fourth period and the cheap defensive scoring that comes with it, so if you think a club is headed for 4-12, stay away from their defense for fantasy purposes. Quarterback pressure is the seed that leads to production here.
Ranking Rules and Disclaimers: Assume a yardage/touchdown format, no points per reception. Defensive ranks do not consider special-teams scoring. Player values will fluctuate from league-to-league based on league rules and size, owner personalities and biases, and 1,001 other small factors that you'll know better in your group than I will, removed from it. Weekly ranks are a totally different animal from season-long ranks; the Yahoo! staff releases week-specific ranks on Friday.