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Updated:  9-2-2011 Your draft/s may be complete, but there are still a multitude of drafts on the 6th (my personal favorite day for drafting), and some scattered over Labor Day weekend.   Here are my latest, and likely last, running back rankings.  This list is guided by stats, observations, and some good ole fashioned hunches.  I do not expect anyone (other than me) to follow it verbatim. 1)   Adrian Peterson, Vikings 2)   Chris Johnson, Titans 3)   Ray Rice, Ravens 4)   Arian Foster, Texans 5)   Jamaal Charles, Chiefs 6)   Darren McFadden, Raiders 7)   Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers 8)   LeSean McCoy, Eagles 9)   Maurice…

As I mentioned earlier this week in a fantasy strategy piece for espnW, your fantasy team name is of utmost importance.    For newbies to fantasy, this is especially critical for instant credibility and even a bit of an intimidation factor.  My 60-year mother is debuting Hard Knockers for her rookie season, a little creepy coming from my mom, but a pretty solid fantasy name from a first-timer. Here are few I came up with.  You’ll see a theme from a recently controversial magazine story.  I’ll be adding any good names that come in from our Twitter followers and Facebook fans. …

Forget IDP, PPR, and keepers.  The hottest thing in fantasy these days are auction leagues. Since I’m behind the times and have never partaken in auctions (beyond eBay), I enlisted the help of a man of an auction league expert, Paul Charchian.  Charchian is the President of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and runs, LeagueSafe, a nifty service that handles all your league’s financials. Charchian is not only an expert in auctioning; he’s also a pioneer.  After his first auction draft in 1995, he began writing about the then new system in Fantasy Football Weekly magazine. The publication was the…

As the world’s best Brickbreaker player, I can tell you that being number one at something is generally awesome.  Usually this also holds true for nabbing the number one spot in your fantasy football draft as well.  (Especially after all the two-a-days you’ve put in).  Most seasons, the number one choice is clear.  LaDanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Johnson were, respectively, clear consensus favorites each of the past three seasons. But 2011 isn’t so obvious.  Right now, Adrian Peterson is ranking number one across the ADP spectrum.  But a significant number of experts suggest grabbing Chris Johnson first, or…

So you’re sitting pretty with the 9th pick in your draft and you want to nab an elite quarterback.  The clear, and ridiculously enticing options this year are Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick. But look at ten different draft boards and you’re likely to get five listing Rodgers as the top quarterback and five touting Vick.  It’s like choosing between The Wire: Season 3 and 24: Season 6.  Cristal or Dom. Ryan Gosling or vintage Clooney.  There are no losing options.  But still, it’s a tough choice and not one to be made lightly.  We’re here to help break it…

Updated: 9/2/2010 1)      Andre Johnson, Texans – No debate 2)      Randy Moss, Patriots – Pats say it’s his best training camp yet.  Looking for one last monster contract 3)      Reggie Wayne,  Colts 4)      Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – Fitzgerald still has #1 talent. Better off with Anderson at the helm. 5)      Calvin Johnson, Lions 6)      Roddy White, Falcons 7)      Miles Austin, Cowboys – Should see a lot of weekly consistency out of the Austin/Romo duo. 8)      Brandon Marshall,  Dolphins 9)      DeSean Jackson, Eagles 10)   Anquan Boldin, Ravens – The big receiver star on a talented, balanced offense. 11)   Greg Jennings, Packers…

Updated: 8/31/2010 1)      Drew Brees 2)      Aaron Rodgers 3)      Tom Brady 4)      Peyton Manning 5)      Tony Romo 6)      Phillip Rivers 7)      Matt Schaub 8)      Brett Favre 9)      Joe Flacco 10)   Matt Ryan 11)   Kevin Kolb 12)   Donovan McNabb 13)   Eli Manning 14)   Carson Palmer 15)  Ben Roethlisberger (up from 17) 16)   Jay Cutler (down from 15) 17)   Matt Stafford (up from 18) 18)   Chad Henne (up from 19) 19)   Alex Smith (down from 16) 20)   Mark Sanchez 21)   Vince Young (up from 22) 22)   Kyle Orton (up from 23) 23)   Derek Anderson/Matt Leinart (down from 21) 24)   David Garrard 25)  …

Updated: 8-29-2010 If there’s anything sticking out like a sore thumb about this fantasy football season it’s this: there is crazy depth at running back.  Even with platoons and goal-line backs, you can snag real productivity as late as the fifth or sixth round. Not to say you should pass on a Top 5 running back in the first round, but don’t be scared to fill in your rosters with other positions before resuming your running back chase.   Here are our Top 50 running backs.  As with anything fantasy-related, this list will change – probably a lot 8/29 updates: Michael…

Fantasizing About is a look at fantasy components of all 32 teams, all to get you prepped for your draft – and the season.  By examining the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, Special Teams, Defense, and Kicker, this series will tell help you decide who is a sleeper and who should be sliding down your draft board .  Note: We will be providing frequent revisions as injuries, free agency signing, and camp performances shake out. Oakland Raiders The Raiders are an interesting team because from afar they perennially appear to be a fantasy wasteland.  But with a new man…

QUARTERBACK:  In case you haven’t heard, this is a fork in the road season for Alex Smith.  After Smith was named the starter for an ineffective Shaun Hill Week 8 of last season, we saw a lot of good Alex and bad Alex.  It was a classic case of bad QB rating against good defenses (59.7 and 42.3, against the Cards and Eagles respectively) and good QB rating against bad defenses (97.5 and 97.6 against the Lions and Rams).  Luckily for Smith, the Lions and Rams were also his last two games, thus ending his season with a little confidence…