Jun 20, 2008
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Adam Caplan came down to our office here at the Jersey shore yesterday to go over a bunch of stuff for the upcoming season and one of the things he and I did was go over our rankings in great detail to see if there were any needed tweaks. It’s almost July, so it’s time to put our money where our mouth is (so to speak) regarding the rankings. In other words, it’s already almost due or die time for those with early drafts, so we made some tweaks.
We’ll have a Player Rankings Update page that will go over all of our projection tweaks up-and-running in late July and right up until the start of the season, but I thought it would be a good post today to write up the changes we made.
It was a tough call for me, but we moved Ben Roethlisberger over Derek Anderson. I still like Anderson’s upside more, but the situation between these two comes down to a very simple fact: Roethlisberger is 100% job security. If you want upside, I’d still roll with Anderson.
We moved Trent Edwards up over JeMarcus Russell. I watched Edwards in person at a May OTA and I thought he looked great. Plus, Russell’s #1 WR has some issues.
We moved David Garrard one spot over Marc Bulger. This is due to Garrard being a little safer. He also has some upside. Bulger has the potential to do better, for sure, but things need to go extremely well for him and the Rams if he does.
I moved Troy Smith up one spot over Kyle Boller. Smith’s been solid and he’s probably over Boller right now.
I had to move Marshawn Lynch down a few spots, since he could get suspended. The good news is if he is it will likely be only 1-2 games, but it’s an issue, obviously.
Caplan also convinced me to move Willis McGahee up. His line and young and I don’t like the QB situation, but he needed to get a bump in receptions and receiving yardage based on Cam Cameron, so that’s what he got.
He also convinced me to move Ronnie Brown down below Jamal Lewis for obvious reasons (I still like Brown for a little more upside, but he has more risk).
We also moved Brandon Jacobs up 1 spot over Larry Maroney, who has some limitations for sure (not the goal line or the 3rd down back).
Julius Jones has been getting some love from the coaching staff and seems even more cemented as the top back, so we moved him up a few spots.
We moved Reggie Wayne over Andre Johnson based on Johnson’s latest knee issue. Again, Johnson would have more upside.
We are in complete agreement that Roddy White will disappoint those expecting a repeat of 2007, so we moved him down a few spots.
We also moved Calvin Johnson up a few spots based mainly on his potential to score 8-10 TDs.
We moved Javon Walker down a few spots.
We moved Ben Watson up a couple of spots based on his ability to score.
And I believe that was it in terms of our moves this week.