The Revolution of the ‘Stud’ Running Back

by Jim Coventry

Five weeks hardly makes a season, especially in fantasy football, but it allows us to take a good, long look at things so we can make informed decisions. Did you have a top-4 pick? If you did, unless you stepped out of the box, you probably have LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Steven Jackson, or Frank Gore on your team, and unless you really did well with the rest of the draft, you’re probably not in the best spot possible right now. Here are a couple of charts for you to get some information from (scoring based on PPR league with standard scoring):
Weekly RB rank of the ‘big 4’

Player
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Tomlinson
2
31
11
2
10

Johnson
15
25
51
8
33

Gore
16
6
44
11
24

Jackson
42
20
13
DNP
DNP

I have been playing fantasy football for fifteen years, and I cannot remember a group of clear-cut top RBs playing so poorly for this long of a stretch of time.

Tomlinson has been OK and he is the only one that can still be deemed as a player that can still earn his lofty draft status.

Larry Johnson has had an inexcusable run of poor play and the week he ranked # 8 was too little to make much of a difference.

Frank Gore has not been any type [...]

It’s Never Too Early To Learn Next Year’s Lessons This Year

by Jim Coventry

Coaching changes often sound promising, except when you heard news like ‘Rich Kotite is coming to town.’ We often look at our fantasy players and make assessments on how they will fit into a new scheme. I usually took a really good look at players switching teams and going into a new system, and I usually found that WRs had the hardest time that first year, unless they were an absolute superstar (like Terrell Owens going to either Philly or Dallas.) The lesson that I am really committing to memory right now and for the future is that players (staying with the same team) can be significantly affected by new coaches.

Here are a couple of examples. 

When Ken Whisenhunt came to the Cardinals, I knew that he had a huge run-first mentality. Add to that the fact that he brought Russ Grimm with him and it should have been obvious that despite having one of the best WR duos in the league, passing was going to be saved for when the team was behind or when the situation demanded that a pass be thrown. After four weeks, it’s very obvious Whisenhunt will not coach to the team strengths, so [...]

My example of the worst-case scenario

by Jim Coventry       

When the Guru talks about preparing for the worst-case scenario, be sure to live by those words. Acquire all the quality depth that you can, because you may need it to win a championship or as trade bait to improve your team.

My favorite league is a dynasty with nine good friends. Many of the guys have made fun of me, because every year I seem to have some ‘nobody’ step in and win a big game for my team. I swear that one of the owners was scarred for life when my whole backfield went down and I started Mike Cloud, who promptly went off for 3 TDs and a healthy chunk of yardage, helping my team to a close win.

Well, it happened again last week. I usually start Javon Walker, (WR, Den) & Anquan Boldin (WR, Ari.) That would make for a bad week, but that’s nothing yet. My #1 RB is Brian Westbrook (RB, Phi,) & my #2 is Clinton Portis (RB, Was.) This set of events (the first three players deactivated and Portis on a bye) puts me down 4 stud starters. On top of that, my #3 RB ‘was’ Cadillac Williams (RB, TB,) who [...]

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