Fingers firmly crossed

This past week was a pretty tense week for all of us here at FantasyGuru.com. While we remained convinced the 2011 NFL season, at least in some form, was not  in jeopardy, things were looking quite hairy for a moment there mid-week, and also later in the week.

We’re certainly not out of the woods yet, and we’re trying to resist the urge to assume it’s all going to work out this next week or two, it certainly seems as if enough momentum has been created to get a new CBA done this month, possibly even by the end of this week. But again, the negotiations do still seem fragile and the two sides reportedly still have a lot of work to do, so we have not put the champagne on ice just yet.

I do think there will be a 2011 season, and I’m more confident in that right now than I’ve been all year, but that still has to come to pass. What I’m really hoping for is a quick resolution this month, so we can get rolling with our free agency reviews and NFL draft previews (which we’re going to do regardless of what happens). I just want to [...]

My 2010 Power Rankings

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 – [...]

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 [...]

I’m taking the Saints

Not that I think many people are sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for my Super Bowl pick – especially since my picks have been shaky this post-season (although I did pick Ind and No to meet in the big game), but I’m taking the Saints in an upset.

Colt QB Peyton Manning has been fantastic this year, as usual, and the progression of WRs Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie has been incredible. But despite the fact that Indy damn near went undefeated, this hasn’t been a dominant team. They’re obviously very good, but their OL and running game has been average (Manning makes the line look so much better than it is) all year. Their secondary is vulnerable, and with DE Dwight Freeney likely limited or even out, their defense could be in trouble.

I wound up being wrong about the keys to the Viking-Saint game, and I know why. Not only was QB Drew Brees off in the game (that might have been his worst game in two years), but their offense was totally constricted due to protection issues. It was literally night and day compared to how they usually run their offense. I think they played things [...]

That was just the Vikings being the Vikings

Since it was such an epic game, and since I’m a Viking fan who was in attendance, I feel the need to write up a quick review of the game, and some of my thoughts.

First of all, I was wrong about the keys to the game, and I was wrong about my premise that the Vikings had only a prayer (although I’m sure my tortured past as a Viking fan contributed to my pessimism). People like to take shots at the “experts” when their analysis is wrong, but as long as the analysis is viable and reasonable, what else is there to go by? People who have “gut feelings” are usually misguided. One can only call the game as one see it based on personnel, scheme, and other mitigating factors. But in the end it’s still football, and in this case championship football. For example, it would have been far more of a stretch to say the shaky Viking secondary was going to limit the high-flying Saint passing game, as they did, than to say what I said (the opposite). The Minnesota secondary and overall defense did just that, but that really couldn’t have been predicted based on the information [...]

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