Here’s the next round of random thoughts, this time on running backs:
Felix Jones/Dallas Cowboys – Did you realize he had a 8.9 per average on his 30 carries before he got hurt. I know that’s a limited amount of work, but watching him last season it was easy to see how special he was in space. I’d get this guy in rounds 7-8 and he could actually win you some games. He’s one of those rare backs that doesn’t need a lot of carries to do serious damage.
Clinton Portis/Washington Redskins – Most of you probably don’t realize just how good he was during the first half of last season before he suffered a spate of nagging injuries. In his first eight games, Portis posted 944 yards on the ground with 7 TDs, including five straight games of over 100 yards. After that, he was completely worn down and had just one good game the rest of the way. Remarkably, he turns just 28 in September. The Redskins are still a power rushing team on offense and look for Portis to be pretty solid again.
Michael Turner/Atlanta Falcons – Some fantasy owners are wondering if he’ll repeat his success this season. He [...]
I’ll be posting random thoughts by position leading up to the start of training camps in late July:
Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers – Did you realize he threw for 28 TDs and totaled 32 TDs (4 rushing TDs) last season? Think about it. He did most of that on a bad right shoulder. Amazing. And all his receivers are back for 2009. Can you think of any reason why he won’t be solid again? Dynasty league owners should know he only turns 26 in December.
Philip Rivers/San Diego Chargers – He averaged 19.5 completions/game, yet he threw for 34 TDs. Another way to look at it is, every 9.1 throws resulted in a TD. Talk about efficiency. He did that last season with Chris Chambers being hurt most of the way and with a weak running game. Rivers seems to be actually pretty safe these days, never thought I’d say that.
Matt Schaub/Houston Texans – While he clearly has as much talent around him as any other QB in the NFL, I still don’t trust that he’ll wind up staying healthy for a full season. He has poor pocket awareness and that results in sacks and injuries. Draft him as your backup.
Carson Palmer/Cincinnati [...]
I haven’t checked in here for a while, so I thought I’d let you all know of some things going on here at FantasyGuru.com headquarters in Somers Point, NJ.
It looks like a lot of you are checking out the “In the Loop” podcast that Joe and I have been doing every Wednesday night, and I appreciate it more than you know. We’ve tried a lot of different things, and are still finding our way, but most importantly, each week we try to give you 45 minutes of fantasy talk where you can find insight that you won’t find anywhere else. Thanks to your feedback (and please keep it coming), we have made some tweaks to the show that should make it more listener-friendly. For the time being, we will now be taping the show Wednesday afternoon, as opposed to going live and taking calls since 99% of the listens come from downloads after the show is done. This should also improve the quality how it sounds, and should give Joe and I the chance to do a little more back and forth banter. We are very open to suggestions, so if there is anything you want to hear us talk [...]