I am up against it now

I’ m staring a massive magazine deadline squarely in the face right now, so I don’t have any time to post anything relevent here. I think the biggest challenge with the magazine is to get so much content up-to-date. We have over 100,000 words written, probably way more, but it’s quite another thing for those words to be insightful, accurate, and timely, and that’s what I’m dealing with right now.

What I do have is some prep work for the mag that isn’t all going to be used for publication, so I figured I’d post it here.

Here are some red zone and pass target numbers for QBs and RBs from 2008. Tomorrow I’ll post them for WRs and TEs.

Drew Brees

Brees led the league with 635 pass attempts.

Brees tied for 2nd with 95 attempts in the red-zone.

Brees had 13 goal-line attempts, which tied him for 11th.

Peyton Manning

Manning was 5th with 555 pass attempts.

Manning was 9th in red-zone attempts with 76.

Manning had 16 goal-line attempts, which was good for 7th.

Tom Brady

Brady had 7 pass attempts in 2008.

Brady did not have a red-zone attempt in 2008.

Brady did not have a goal-line attempt in 2008.

Kurt Warner

Warner was 3rd with 598 pass attempts.

Warner led all QBs [...]

This year’s Cover Interview Revealed

In case you haven’t had a chance to check the previous post – and by the way I’m honored so many people were interested and we had almost 100 posts to it — this year’s cover story interview has been revealed: Maurice Jones-Drew.

I must have said something funny to MJD here given his smile

It’s a pretty safe choice, but I think it’s definitely a great one. The angle, of course, is that this is his first season as “the guy” in Jacksonville. He also went #1 overall in our magazine’s expert league, and it wasn’t me who took him, so I’m not the only one who thinks he’s worth a VERY early pick in drafts this year.

I’ll be getting the interview up some time next week, likely late in the week, but needless to say I was glad I went down to Jacksonville to have the sit-down. I say it all the time when I interview these guys, but MJD was a great guy, a total class act. The best way to describe him is that I’ve never seen a player with a better combination of confidence, even cockiness, and humility.

The interview was the longest one I’ve ever done, [...]

Time to play this year’s version of “Guess the Cover Boy”

Tomorrow afternoon, if all goes well, I’ll be sitting down with this year’s cover boy,  and it’s become a bit of a tradition here to ask people to give their guesses as to whom it is.

This year, I’m going to make it tough and I’m not going to give any major hints. The only hint I’ll give is that there is an angle with this player. There’s something specific about him that should be of interest to fantasy owners, which is why I’ve picked him. He’s also really good, of course.

As usual, once I conduct the interview, I’ll spill the beans. For the next 24 hours, however, I’ll be sweating all the details and worried that something will mess me up. The reality is I’ve never had a problem, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be fine.

So guess away, and feel free to list your reasons why this guy is interesting and should be on the cover.

2009 FantasyGuru.com Mag Draft Today

I’ve won 18 championships over the last 12 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in one single league for more than 5 years without winning it – other than my own league. I started off well in this league, finishing the regular season as a top team the first three years. But over the last three years, I’ve been basically middle of the pack. I think I have a mental block or something.

Anyways, I get another crack at this one today, since we’re conducing the first 14 rounds of this 12-team PPR league at 1pm ET. Keep in mind owners are required for the mag to draft a starting lineup, which is: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 RB/WR/TE, 1 PK, 1 DT.

If you’re into it, you can follow the draft as it occurs here:

http://football9.myfantasyleague.com/2009/options?L=11246&O=17

Just make sure you hit reload/refresh to see the current picks.

Feel free to chime in here with any thoughts or questions, and I’ll try to answer them.

FantasyGuru.com Meeting Notes – AFC North/South

Today let’s post up notes from the AFC North and South, these from our annual staff meeting.

BALTIMORE

Morphed into power team, 3 OTs in heavy formations. In these sets, McClain was the feature back
Offense needs to dictate fronts and coverage to get their guys one-on-one. This is what you need to do when you don’t have #1-type WRs. McClain is the right RB for this type of scheme.
Mark Clayton a factor because of their approach to offense, the right offense for him. With the scheme, you can create opportunities. Cam Cameron very good at getting his players chances through schemes.
Still, need to get Flacco weapons. He could be hurt if they don’t add him weapons he can get to downfield.
McGahee will have to win job and might have to fight to make team (gone if his contract wasn’t huge). Is he all about football? He’s not going to work in the NFL if he doesn’t focus all of his attention.
McClain has great feet for a big guy. If he can morph into a Jerome Bettis type, he can take most, if not all, of McGahee’s carries.
Rice is a change-of-pace guy in space, but he’s [...]

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