There’s something to be said for first impressions, and when it comes to the NFL schedule, a first impression may be better than the alternative, which is paralysis by over-analysis. So when the schedule came out last night, I thought I’d give a fast glance at each team and come up with a quick first impression.
Keep in mind I’m not really looking at these in NFL terms, in term of wins and losses. I’m looking strictly from a fantasy perspective.
Here’s what I got.
ARI – The schedule usually looks good for them based on their division, and this year is no exception. There are several tough matchups, but overall the schedule is their friend again in 2009.
ATL – It looks pretty tough. 9 or 10 of their opponents are capable of slowing Michael Turner down, and we saw in 2008 that he can be limited by a good defense. I’ll have to look at this one more closely because the schedule could dictate a little bit of a fall back for the Falcons.
BAL – At first glance, the schedule looks great. Take away the two necessary games against the Steelers, and I see only 1-2 potential problems – and a ton [...]
Jay Cutler is as arrogant and surly as they get. He’s clearly a guy who’s been ridiculously spoiled by his incredible athletic ability. It’s obvious that he’s dominated at every level he’s competed in, and he was probably a major pain in the ass playing sports growing up, all the while destroying his opponents.
Still, I just can’t help but dig the guy. It’s the arrogance that makes him so good, and if you didn’t know it already, he is very good. Great, actually.
I couldn’t care less about his career 17-20 record, either. Anyone who points to that and disparages Cutler hasn’t a clue. All you really need if you need proof that Cutler is better than just about everyone else in the league is vision. To say the guy passes the eyeball test on the field is an understatement.
Anyone who points to Jay Cutler's record as an indication of him being overrated needs to see an eye doctor.
Denver’s problem under Cutler is their defense, clearly. It really sucks. They can’t stop the run on the D-line, don’t have a pass rush, their LB corps has been a disorganized mess, and their [...]
It’s time to take a look at the WRs for keeper leagues. This position is tough because there’s always a huge drop-off after the true studs, and players can quickly go from being very productive to fantasy afterthoughts. That said I would place a premium on the studs at the position, especially the best of the best.
When we’re talking about the best of the best at WR, we’re talking about guys like
Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, and Calvin Johnson. These guys are young, in mostly good situations, and are clearly elite, if not dominant. I’d view keeping him as a top priority, and I’d only keep a handful of RBs over them.
Chief WR Dwayne Bowe may not be a freak talent, but he is on the cusp of being considered elite and could be the next "stud" at the position, especially with his QB position upgraded this off-season.
There’s nothing wrong with the next tier of top receivers, and I also view them a studs: Greg Jennings, Roddy White, Steve Smith, Anquan Boldin, Braylon Edwards, Marques Colston, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens. These guys aren’t all perfect, like Edward for example, but they are either [...]