Fallout from the Mike (Liberty) Bell addition in Philly

Now that RB Mike Bell is officially an Eagle, it’s time to discuss how the move affects both backfields.

First up, for the Saints, the move is good news for Pierre Thomas. Granted, it’s not a bonanza for Thomas, but it helps. We heard repeatedly last year from league sources that the Saints weren’t comfortable with Thomas as their main power guy, thus the serious emergence of Bell. The Saints do still have Lynell Hamilton at their disposal, and Hamilton appears capable of handling a decent portion of Bell’s power role from last year, at the very least the short-yardage carries inside the five yard line. Thomas isn’t a terrible inside runner, but he’s not big and sturdy enough to consistently do the dirty work inside, so for those in TD-only leagues Hamilton needs to be on the radar. He could score 7-8 TDs this year in this great offense, easily.

So right now it looks like the Saints will roll with Thomas and Reggie Bush carrying probably about 85% of the load. These two are interchangeable in some ways, but Thomas is clearly the better pure runner, with Bush being more of a moveable chess piece. Both guys take some fantasy [...]

The Next Matt Schaub?

I spent most of today updating our keeper rankings on the site, taking into account all the free agent and player movement activity. It’s an extremely tedious and time-consuming process, especially when there’s significant movement, but that’s not really my point here today.

One of my points is how the QB position in dire straights. It’s bad out there. There are still roughly 15 good players at the position, but that means more than half the teams in the league have a shaky option – or a terrible one. And forget about young prospects; they don’t really exist. I’m sure the proliferation of spread/shotgun offenses in college have something to do with this, but there’s also an odd dearth in prototypical passers out there lately (which is exactly why everyone should be looking out for John Skelton out of Fordham, since he’s a physically impressive QB whose size and arm strength compare to Joe Flacco’s).

Despite never throwing an NFL pass in a real game, Charger QB Charlie Whitehurst is getting a lot of attention as a Restricted Free Agent this spring

But back to the point: it’s a wasteland out there at the position, and that’s exactly why, all of a [...]

Fantasy Football Glossary of Terms

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and while things are heating up, it’s still really early, so I’m trying to bang out some “evergreen” content before things really get hot. We posted a guide to creating and running an Auction League this week (check the bottom left column on the subscriber homepage), and we’re working on a massive guide to commissioning and a separate guide to creating and running keeper leagues. They’ll be up next week.

This week I also took the time to create a glossary of terms that we tend to use. Not just fantasy terms, but a lot of NFL-related terms and phrases we use. Check it out and feel free to let me know if you think I missed anything.

Fantasy Football/NFL Glossary of Terms:

Below you’ll find most of the prevalent fantasy football terms that have been added to the industry’s vernacular, and we’ve also included a lot of the terms that we use to describe many players, which are more NFL-related.

First up, we’ll list the fantasy terms.

Fantasy Terms:

3rd-Round Reversal/3RR – These drafts allow the bottom of the draft order to begin Round Three after also beginning Round Two, as is the case in [...]

Free Agency Thoughts

It’s been a fairly quiet and pretty anticlimactic free agent period so far. The one thing I’ve learned over the years about free agency is that its impact is pretty top-heavy, and overall overrated – at least when it comes to fantasy football. There are usually 3-4 major moves that have big impacts, and there are always a few moves that appear to be under-the-radar, yet wind up being key. But for the most part, the excitement some people feel in March and April dwindles down to next to nothing come September.

That said, I still have some thoughts on what’s gone down the last 5-7 days or so, and here’s a quick review. If you’re interested, we are keeping up on all the moves each day with our 2010 Free Agent Tracker.

The Chester Taylor signing by Chicago still boggles my mind a little bit. I understand you can never have too many quality veterans like Taylor, but let me put it this way: I don’t think he would have been much better than a healthy Matt Forte behind that terrible [...]

Greene with Envy

We’re obviously still very early in the off-season process, but there’s going to be a lot for us to digest in the coming weeks and over the next two months. For now, I’m personally getting some behind-the-scenes stuff done, as well as taking on the depressing task of doing my taxes.

As for the rookies, the combine is just wrapping up and we’re in the process of gathering our information and intelligence on this year’s class. We’ll need a couple more weeks to scout the players out, and then we’ll break out our Pre-Draft Rookie Report.

Next week, however, things will start to heat up with free agency, and we’ll be covering that extensively. Once the first wave is done, we’ll reshape the dynasty and keeper league landscape for those in keeper leagues.

But I did want to chime in on one player who’s climbing the fantasy ladder, and he’s doing so in a major way: Jet RB Shonn Greene.

With the expected release of Thomas Jones, and with Leon Washington’s shaky status coming off his injury and also as a free agent, Greene’s going to be the guy – and as we know these days there’s a lot to be said for “volume” [...]

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