What's buzzing on Yahoo Sports:
By Yahoo! Sports Staff
September 4, 2007 1:58 PM
|Based upon current ADP value, top 5 players to avoid
- Randy Moss – His litany of physical ailments combined with Belichick's veil of secrecy regarding team information equals a nightmare ownership experience.
- DeAngelo Williams – Former Evans man-crush may never be more than a platoon back.
- Vince Young – Not superstitious (Madden jinx), just very, very concerned about the (lack of) supporting cast.
- Adam Vinatieri – Kicker in the seventh round? Not in my lifetime.
- Peyton Manning – Deserves to be top QB taken, but I'd be happier with Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Marc Bulger 2-3 rounds later.
- Clinton Portis – Even if it weren't for the tendonitis, the second round might still be early. It's not like Betts will sit.
- Jon Kitna – Turned the ball over 31 times in 2006. If your league doesn't deduct for turnovers, have at him.
- Chris Chambers – He's injured and he's not good at catching things. Those are critical flaws in a wide receiver.
- Torry Holt – He's going in 2nd round, above Fitzgerald and Wayne. There won't be much separation among the elite WRs and Holt has the knee issue.
- Alge Crumpler – Health is a big concern … In Yahoo! leagues, Kellen Winslow and Vernon Davis go one round later.
- Peyton Manning – Consistent, sure. But Carson Palmer is equitable and cheaper.
- Ronnie Brown – Jesse Chatman can't be cured, only suppressed.
- Marshawn Lynch – Brutal schedule and involved in RBBC equals overhyped.
- DeAngelo Williams – Adore Napoleon, but starter Foster going 40 picks later.
- Michael Turner – LT has missed one game in six seasons – overvalued.
|Based upon current ADP value, top 5 players to reach for
- LaMont Jordan – He has something to prove in the month prior to Rhodes' return.
- Kevin Curtis – A No. 2 WR in this pass-happy offense deserves more love.
- Ladell Betts – Will be used often, even if Portis stays healthy. Big upside if Portis goes down, though.
- Leon Washington – A true late-round RB that will actually gets touches and put together a handful of useful performances.
- Devery Henderson – Averaged ridiculous 23.3 ypc in '06; (see Kevin Curtis above)
- Adrian Peterson (MIN) – He's getting drafted in the middle rounds, but has the skills of a first-round back.
- DeAngelo Williams – Sometimes, RBBCs create nice draft day values. This is one of those times.
- Ladell Betts – He's not even getting drafted in every Yahoo! league right now. That's crazy. This was the 11th-best fantasy RB in 2006, point-wise.
- Matt Leinart – Great talent, exceptional receivers. Questionable taste in companions, which is more of an intangible.
- Bernard Berrian – The 8th or 9th round is too late. Obviously a great big-play threat.
- Brandon Jacobs – The mere mention of his name takes me to my happy place.
- Santonio Holmes – No (bleep) Sherlock, he's going to be a viable No. 2.
- LaMont Jordan – Won't be treasured, but a starter available in Rd. 6.
- Kevin Jones – Soft hands excel in Martz system- "Taco" Tatum will crack come Week 6.
- Drew Bennett – Holt has bum knee and Bruce is an AARP member - Bennett soars in the Lou.
|Top 5 backup Running Backs
- Ladell Betts – Perfect storm for backup: Great system and starting RB with questionable health.
- Michael Pittman – Somewhere in my subconscious I'm hearing a voice telling me that Pittman will outshine Cadillac in '07.
- Leon Washington – Even with TJ in the fold, Jets plan to increase Leon's load.
- Brian Leonard – Utility-knife skills would truly dazzle in the event that S-Jax got hurt.
- Sammy Morris – Tempted to put Michael Turner here, but Maroney more likely to miss time than LT.
- Michael Turner – A necessary handcuff...and in keeper leagues, he's a lot more interesting.
- Adrian Peterson (CHI) – The Bears have an extremely productive rushing offense, and a starting RB who, at times, has seemed insane and/or soft.
- Michael Pittman – Should have a big enough role that we'll be tempted to call him a member of a committee, not a backup.
- Leon Washington – Very talented. Should get 10 or so touches per game.
- Jesse Chatman – He's had an annoyingly productive preseason. Emailer Jose Mena warned me this would happen.
- Ladell Betts – You better, you better, you Betts your backside he's going to start at least five games.
- Ron Dayne – "Big Daddy" averaged 107.3 YPG and totaled 5 TDs in Weeks 13-16 – Green ancient.
- Brian Leonard – Will hurdle fantasy tiers if Jackson's foot gets caught in a bear trap.
- Vernand Morency – If "Brick Cheese" Jackson struggles out of the gate, Morency will catapult into No. 1 spot.
- Michael Turner – LT is the epitome of durable, but Turner a treasured pick in keeper leagues.
|Top 5 rookie Wide Receivers
- Calvin Johnson – A sure thing
- Jacoby Jones – Kevin Walter doesn't stand a chance of keeping this uber-talent behind him on the depth chart.
- James Jones – Has looked like he has veteran chemistry with Favre this preseason.
- Anthony Gonzalez – Tailor-made fit as slot man in Indy attack.
- Ted Ginn Jr. – Yes, he was drafted too high, but that only motivates Miami to prove they didn't blow the pick.
- Calvin Johnson – Duh. This took no expertise.
- Jacoby Jones – Yet another star from the football factory that is Lane College. He's really having a spectacular preseason.
- Dwayne Bowe – Not a terrible preseason, either. Looking like a starter. Sometimes treats passes like they're flaming bags of excrement, though.
- James Jones – Favre is wearing him out in the preseason. Looks like he'll have fantasy usefulness.
- Steve Smith (NYG) – He's concussed at the moment, but has still impressed.
- Calvin Johnson – Quite possibly the most talented wideout prospect since Randy Moss
- Anthony Gonzalez – Gonzo's deceptive speed and sticky hands will blossom in the slot
- James Jones – Former San Jose St standout could be the closest thing to Marques Colston this year
- Jacoby Jones – Versatile, flashy, athletic DII product has the skills to bloom in H-Town
- Craig Davis – Has the physical tools for success, but overshadowed by Vincent Jackson
|Top 5 players you are most heavily invested in
- Kevin Curtis – He was falling into my lap in the ninth round regularly in early-summer drafts. Not anymore, though.
- Rudi Johnson – Turned to Mr. Consistency in four of my eleven drafts to date.
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Turned to Mighty Mouse in four of my eleven drafts to date.
- Braylon Edwards – Landed him at bargain rate in four early-summer drafts when folks were still worried about knee and doghouse.
- Jason Hanson – Great last-round grab: Sixth among kickers in scoring in '06, and his offense is only getting better.
- Rudi Johnson – I didn't mean this to happen. It's just that I keep getting the ninth pick in drafts, and if I don't take him in the first, he falls to me in the second. I like to pretend that I'm drafting Pete Johnson.
- Chicago Defense – At least I've put my fifth/sixth round picks where my mouth is.
- Jerious Norwood – I was very enthusiastic in the early drafts, though I never actually had to take him very high. He remains a terrific mid-round pick. All kinds of fast.
- Nate Kaeding – If I don't draft Betts, then Nate is my preferred Hawkeye.
- Greg Olsen – If I don't take an elite tight end – and there's really only one of those – I like to wait until the late rounds. Olsen will have some huge plays.
- Brandon Jacobs – "Endless Love" plays in my head every time he touches the ball.
- Brandon Jackson – Packer fans loathe his 3.3 preseason YPC average, but no competition, yet.
- Clinton Portis – Tendonitis frustrating, but Al Saunders molds backs into gods.
- Tony Romo – Rambo has enough high-caliber weapons to become an elite QB.
- Ron Dayne – I have an affinity for overweight, slow backs. Too bad David Wells doesn't wear pads.
|Top 5 NFL cities
- Green Bay – They put foam blocks of cheese on their heads … enough said.
- Dallas – America's team.
- Chicago – Rich tradition: Gale Sayers, Walter Payton … more HOFers than any other franchise.
- Pittsburgh – Blue collar town synonymous with football
- Kansas City – Only two pro teams in town, one of which is the Royals. It's no wonder this town goes nuts for Chiefs football.
- Chicago, IL
- Oak Lawn, IL
- Schaumburg, IL
- Forest Park, IL
- Bellwood, IL
- Green Bay – The only town in America where God ranks second to football on fall Sundays.
- Chicago – Ditka, Polish Sausage, Mini-Ditka, Beer, Bears
- Pittsburgh – Steely McBeam would get whooped by my Jeromy McBus
- Dallas – Those cheerleaders … big billion dollar new stadium … football is a big friggin' deal
- Buffalo – Dude, the hot wing was conceived at the Anchor Bar
- Michael Turner
- Ladell Betts