Later this week, I’ll break out my annual “Draft Plan” article, albeit it the condensed one and not the one that goes round-by-round and pick-by-pick covering everything possible (that will come out in early August).
But the initial version is pretty expansive, and it’s going to be about 6,000 words. Now that I’ve seen some drafts and the trends, and have a better feel for the 2010 landscape, let me point out here and now what the key to your 2010 draft is: you can’t reach for players.
I’ll get into it in much more detail in the article, but on the heels of a pretty tough 2009 season, I think it behooves fantasy players more than ever to play things conservatively in the early stages of a draft. When I saw conservatively, I don’t mean taking Donald Driver in the 4th round; I mean refusing to reach for a RB like Felix Jones in the 2nd or 3rd round. I like Jones more than most, but the fact is he’s no sure thing, so I’m going to be careful when drafting him. I’m not saying you have to draft a QB early – I’m just saying you should not invest an [...]
We’ve been working behind the scenes on some site improvements, and we have one that’s just about ready, so we made it live today.
One of my goals this year is to condense our information and tools a little bit. I know most people don’t have the time to read all our stuff and to utilize all of our tools, so we have developed something that I think is quite bad-ass.
We’re going to call this thing something like “Quick Glance,” and as the name suggests, the goal is to give you as much information at a quick glance.
To see what I’m talking about, you can head over to the “Leaders” section of the DB and click on a player’s name. What you see may surprise you, and let me explain what this is.
When you click on a guy, you’ll see the table expands and includes a ton of information, at a “quick glance.” Let’s break down the information you can now see:
Schedule – Comes in handy when you’re looking at a player. As the season progresses, you’ll see only his remaining games.
Weather – This little widget from weather.com will show the current forecast in the city of his next game, which [...]
I’m still pretty busy working on our 2010 player profiles, but this morning I took a moment and checked out Peter King’s first look at his 2010 Power Rankings and I was SHOCKED by some of the placements (Seattle at #11, Carolina at #8, for example). So I figured I’d whip up my own set.
I’ve been studying up on 2010 hardcore style for about six weeks now, and I certainly wasn’t sleeping in February and March, so here’s what I got off the top of my head. I know I’m not going out on any major limbs right now, but that may change once training camps start up.
In the playoffs:
1. IND – Manning’s playing out of his mind now, and his receiving corps should be better. Defense is shaky, but it’s potentially okay.
2. NO – Haven’t lost enough from 2009 to prompt me to expect anything but great things again.
3. MIN – This ranking assumes they have Brett Favre. With Favre, if CB Cedric Griffin makes a speedy recovery, you could make a very strong case for them #1. Without Favre, I’d probably put them at #13. If they have Favre and get Albert Haynesworth, they are #1.
4. GB – [...]
Granted, this is an extreme example, but here’s a benefit to not doing the print magazine this year: we no longer have space limitations. This is a hardcore example, but check out Aaron Rodgers’ massive player preview. I almost think this can be expanded, but this is nearly 1000-words, which is out of control. We’re going to have all the player previews up in early-t0-mid June. As you can see from this sample, they’re going to take a little while.
Note: This has not really been edited for grammar, spelling, etc.
Aaron Rodgers (GB, 26) – As expected, Rodgers made significant improvements in 2009 after a solid 2008, his first year the starter for Green Bay. He hit a bit of a rough patch in which his shaky OL caused him at times to lose his comfort level and mechanics, causing him to perceive pressure and break down on his own and hold on to the ball, but Rodgers worked through those issues and avoided a sophomore slump. The guy really had only 1-2 bad games all year and he proved for the second year in a row that he’s on the verge of being an elite player, although we think [...]
In case you missed it, we put up our initial projections on Friday. It’s really early in the game and there’s a ton of uncertainty, but I thought it would make for an interesting post to submit some of the rankings that I’m most intrigued by and offer some reasoning behind them.
I’m sure anyone looking at these projections has some questions or comments, and if you do on any of these players listed below feel free to chime in and I’ll do my best to address them.
Aaron Rodgers at #1 – I think it’s the right thing to do because of his running ability. That’s an element for fantasy he really has over the other elite players at the position. 115 rushes and 9 rushing TDs over the last two years is nothing to sneeze at. And I feel a heck of a lot better about the OL, which was the only concern for Rodgers in 2009. He did get in a funk last year, but after seeing him work himself out of it, he’s now officially elite in my eyes.
Kevin Kolb at #10 – It was a very tough call between and Jay Cutler for that 9th spot. [...]