Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: October 9, 2009 1:50 pm
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Fantasy Football: Best and Worst from the Draft

A little while I looked over the results of my fantasy football team's draft, and boy were there some funny picks, a few from myself included.  It's funny how much time and energy I spent into putting together my team, only to see it completely changed after Week 4.

My original starting lineup (PPR league):

QB: Donovan McNabb
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, Clinton Portis
(wow this looks bad so far)
WR: Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson
TE: Greg Olsen
K: Matt Bryant
DEF: San Diego

Now, I've traded away Portis, haven't started McNabb since Week 1, my backup QB Hasselbeck got injured, and I've used a different defense and kicker every week.  My WRs are my only saviors at 2-2.  Here's my lineup for Week 5:

QB: Donovan McNabb (he's back!)
RB: Brian Westbrook, Knowshon Moreno
WR: Reggie Wayne, Percy Harvin (Vjax has a bye)
TE: Todd Heap
K: I can't remember anymore
DEF: Buffalo (??!?)

But anyways, enough of my problems, I want to take a look at some huge busts and great picks in my draft, which is a 12 person PPR league:

Round 1 Steals: Drew Brees (1.12)
Round 1 Busts: LT (1.8)

Rd 2 Steals: Reggie Wayne (2.5), Peyton Manning (2.8)
Rd 2 Busts: Larry Johnson (2.1)

Rd 3 Steals: Aaron Rodgers (3.3), Phillip Rivers (3.7)
Rd 3 Busts: LenDale White (3.4), Clinton Portis (3.8), Dwayne Bowe (3.10)

Rd 4 Steals: Ronnie Brown (4.10)
Rd 4 Busts: Terrell Owens (4.3), Derrick Ward (4.6), Lance Moore (4.9)

Rd 5 Steals: Vincent Jackson (5.8), Chad Ochocinco (5.9), Dallas Clark (5.12)
Rd 5 Busts: Antonio Bryant (5.4), Braylon Edwards (5.6), Roy Williams (5.11)

Other Major Steals: Ben Roethlisberger (8.8), Eli Manning (9.6), Donald Driver (9.12), Cedric Benson (10.3), Joe Flacco (10.6), Ray Rice (11.11), LeSean McCoy (13.11)
Other Major MAJOR Busts: Michael Crabtree (6.1), Darren McFadden (6.2), Anthony Gonzalez (6.11), Eddie Royal (8.7), Chad Pennington (12.1), Jake Delhomme (13.3)

There are some funny ones in there.  Hope too many people didn't suffer this season like me, the LT/Portis disease caught me pretty bad.

Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Giants vs. Chiefs

The score really didn't quite indicate how well the Giants dominated the Chiefs.  Cassel had two garbage time TD throws, and Larry Johnson did basically nothing against the Giants maligned defense.  I'm honestly shocked at how well the Giants passing game has been going, even though they haven't really had a challenge so far.

I'll start off with what I'm concerned about.  Obviously the biggest concern at this point is Eli Manning's ankle/foot.  Such a strange way to get injured.  It seems as though he'll be available for next week, and let's be honest, David Carr could probably beat the Raiders.  He's certainly better than JaMarcus Russell.  If Eli does play, they will most likely run the ball more, and perhaps put in Carr if they lead by enough at the half or end of the 3rd quarter.

One major thing I'm a bit concerned about is the upcoming schedule.  The Giants have a bye week at week 10, but face (after the Raiders) the Saints, the Cardinals, the Eagles, and San Diego.  Assuming they beat the Raiders, I would hope the Giants could win 3 of those 4 games reasonably.  2-2 in that stretch would be okay, landing them at 7-2 at the bye.

Going along with the schedule concern, these upcoming games will really test the Giants ability to defend the long ball.  Drew Brees can clearly punish defenses with a deep ball, as can Warner, McNabb, and Rivers.  The Giants also don't have the luxury of an early bye week where they can rest their injured players.  And boy do they have an injured secondary.  This could turn into the perfect storm in late October and November.

As for the good: the Giants are 4-0, with two division wins.  A win against the Raiders would go a long way considering their upcoming schedule.  A healthy Eli Manning means pressure off the running game, and the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw has been stellar lately.  They've both on pace to run for more than 1,000 yards this season, and Manning over 4,000 yards passing.

Their defensive line has done a great job of confusing offenses, and spreading the wealth around their expansive depth.  They will HAVE to use this to their advantage against their ugly 4 game stretch.  If they can heal their wounds and focus on the game ahead of them, I could realistically see them at 8-1 going into the bye week, though 7-2 wouldn't be the end of the world.
Posted on: September 16, 2009 3:11 pm
 

The Value of Portis

My fantasy football team severely underperformed this week, mostly due to my running backs.  The combination of LT and Portis almost did nothing for me.  My two biggest scorers were Reggie Wayne (extremely valuable in a PPR league) and Donovan McNabb, though McNabb is now hurt.  Luckily, Hasselbeck is looking fairly solid.  Vincent Jackson performed fairly well and I expect him to do better as the season rolls on.

Clinton Portis will be very important in the upcoming weeks.  Look at the Redskins upcoming schedule: St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Kansas City.  That's five weeks straight where he should run for at least 100 yards (except for maybe Carolina).  He will be fantasy gold right before they face Philadelphia before their bye week.  After these stats are inflated, it would be a great time to trade him.

Here's his remaining schedule: Philadelphia, Bye, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Oakland, New York Giants, Dallas, San Diego.  With the exceptions of Denver and New Orleans, that's a pretty rough schedule.

So don't get frustrated by Portis' poor performance against the Giants.  He will outperform is expectations over the next five weeks, which will be the perfect time to trade him for another solid running back.
Posted on: August 24, 2009 4:49 pm
 

Draft Results

My PPR fantasy football league draft was last night, and here were the results:

Quarterbacks: Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck

Going into the draft I had wanted to grab Phillip Rivers or Aaron Rodgers in the third round.  Rivers was taken the pick before mine, and Rodgers much earlier, so I was forced to take McNabb.  As a Giants fan, this makes me a little unhappy, but he usually torments the Giants so it might pay off.  I love Hasselbeck as a backup.

Runningbacks: LaDainian Tomlinson, Clinton Portis, Knowshon Moreno, Chester Taylor, Ricky Williams

I had planned on taking LT regardless, but did not think I would end up with Portis.  He fell to the third round, so I had to.  I am concerned about both my RBs being older and more prone to injury, so I picked up Knowshon as my RB3 in case he is a breakout player.  The Chester Taylor pick was solely in case AP gets hurt, which would be a monumental plus for Taylor.  Likewise, if Ronnie Brown gets hurt, Ricky Williams will get a ton more carries.

Wide Receivers: Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Devin Hester, Muhsin Muhammad, Miles Austin

I did not have a clue who I would pick as my WR1, so I just decided to pick the best on the board.  Wayne and Calvin Johnson fell to me at the fifth pick in the second round, so I chose Wayne.  I love how he has performed in preseason so far, and you don't get a more reliable quarterback than Peyton Manning.  Vincent Jackson is a player that I strongly believe will be a top 10 WR this year, and had wanted from the beginning of the draft.  Otherwise, I wasn't too thrilled with my other picks, especially Muhammad.

Tight Ends: Greg Olsen, Visanthe Shiancoe

I am extremely happy with these two guys, both have an extreme upside.  They both have new quarterbacks who love to throw to their tight ends.

Defense: San Diego Chargers

Their defense seems to be back to 2007 form, where they were in the top 5.  I'm really looking forward to their production.

Kicker: Matt Bryant.

I was the last person to pick a kicker, seeing as they're really not worth talking about.



I really don't know what to make of my team.  I'm mostly scared by the age of some of my players and their proneness to injury.  If they stay healthy, however, I think I can have a great year.  One thing I do have to look out for is Week 5, where Vincent Jackson, the Chargers defense, LT, and Greg Olsen are on their bye week.
 
 
 
 
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