More Packers Patter.

OK kiddies, as promised here’s the remainder of my recent interview with Tyler Dunne of The Packer Report. Dunne himself is an avid fantasy player, so he knew exactly the type of information we’re looking for.

Dunne on rookie RB Brandon Jackson:

“Hefellinto the starter’s role by default 3 weeks ago and looked very hesitant initially. But over the past few weeks, he has improved greatly. He is reading lanes better and adapting to the team’s zone blocking scheme. I think he will win the job outright, especially if he comes through with a strong, early performance.

The team wants Noah Herron to be a 3rd down back and Vernand Morency is much better suited as a change-of-pace back. I think Jackson could see a 1,000 yd-10 TD type of season, although 850-7 is more like it.He has decent hands too, which also helps his value.”

The real eye-opener for your Barber was Dunne’s comments on back-up QB Aaron Rodgers. Personally, I had never given much thought to Rodgers and for the most part considered a wasted pick. Not so said Dunne.

“Aaron Rodgers has had an extraordinary camp. I was never a big fan of his, but after [...]

A Dream Draft

I got a call today from a friend of mine who covers an NFL team for a major paper. He’s always kind enough to hook me up with the inside dirt on his team, so I was happy to help him with his fantasy draft today. I basically, walked him through the first 6-7 rounds, and then he went off our stuff. The results were very, very good, so I thought I’d share. This looks like an All FantasyGuru.com Draft Plan team to me.

Only 10 teams, and the QBs did go early. I want one of the top QBs, but not if they are going too early, so we strayed away from getting one of the top guys. Here’s his team:

QBs: Romo, Favre
RBs: Tomlinson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson, Brian Leonard
WRs: Steve Smith, Javon Walker, B. Berrian, Santonio Holmes, DJ Hackett, Devery Henderson
TEs: Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels
K: Rackers
DEF: Chicago

I would have taken Rex Grossman as my backup, however. Grossman didnt even get drafted.

Real-Time Ranking Updates

I figured I’d pop in here to post up some of the ranking updates we did this morning. I know people are drafting this weekend, so we’re trying to literally be up to the minute with our rankings. Our fun and learning never ends…here’s what we did today (first Barney reference ever on the site, by the way):

Marshawn Lynch tumbled a couple of spots behind a pair of proven and reliable veterans in Deuce McAllister and Thomas Jones. Lynch has been up-and-down. He’s shown flashes for sure, but he’s also shown signs that he’s not a special back. This is not Adrian Peterson. He’s a shaky #2 fantasy back at this point, but you might be able to get away with him as your #2 if you have a great team around him.  Lee Evans jumped over Donald Driver to the #13 spot at WR. This is because of yet another big game on Friday night and due to Driver’s foot issue. Driver should be ready for Week One, but that is not a lock just yet.  Bo Scaife has moved into the #12 position at TE. After scoring a TD last night and dropping another potential score, we’re ready [...]

The Whole Town Is Talking About The Jones Boy.

Hey Gang,

I had a chance to touch base with a new friend to the Shop – Tyler Dunne of the Packer Report – for a little Q-and-A fun earlier this week and was planning on posting a full report later tonight. But in light of last night’s injury to lead wideout Donald Driver, I thought I would post his comments on WR James Jones now and they were most certainly glowing.

Here’s what Dunne had to say prior to last night’s developements with Driver:

“James Jones has been the star of camp. From day one he has caught everything thrown his direction. Much like Sterling Sharpe is his heyday, Jones attacks the football with his hands, not body. Hisearly successis eerily similar to Greg Jennings last summer. He is pretty much entrenched as the team’s No. 3 WR behind Driver and Jennings, but Jones will be an ideal receiver for the West Coast offense. Jones isn’t a deep threat but he’s fearless across the middle and doesn’t drop passes. Being from Buffalo, I see a ton of Eric Moulds in Jones. This season he’ll probably be in the 750-6 range, because Driver and Jennings will see a [...]

Near-Perfect Draft Plan Execution, Far from perfect conditions

I’ve done some expert drafts under less-than-ideal conditions, like with one or two of my 18-month old twins on my lap, but last night was ridiculous.

Since I’ve spent about 9 minutes with my kids this month, I figured I’d step aside for a few hours and catch a Phillies game. It was supposed to be a great matchup, too: Cole Hamels vs. Brad Penny.

I should have know the night was going to be rough when it was announced that Hamels wasn’t going to make the start, and then Penny was moved in the rotation, so we had to settle for Derek Lowe (not bad, I admit).

And then I realized I was schedule to partake in another “Expert Draft” that night. Damn, I just can’t step aside for even 180 minutes. I have my laptop and my wireless broadband card, so I figured I could swing drafting at the game. I did, but it was pretty rough. I got my two older kids with me, I’m fighting traffic on the Walt Whitman bridge to get to the game (and the draft) on time. It’s raining, cold, and I just happen to be sitting in the worse row in the [...]

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