Just missed it: Week Four

Once again, here are some RAW NOTES from our film reviews for the week that outline some big plays that were just missed in Week Four.

Sam Bradford missed any easy corner throw to Austin Pettis for a possible TD, two defensive backs jumped Tavon Austin route, pretty unacceptable throw.
Brandon Marshall could only get one foot down in end zone on 23-yard pass down sideline.
Calvin Johnson just can’t make a deep catch in the back of the end zone, as Matthew Stafford’s throw just a touch late
Alshon Jeffery drops a TD pass in end zone but catches the next throw against Slay in the end zone.
Marques Colston almost fought off double coverage for a TD at end of game
Mike Wallace had pass go right through his hands on a deep ball perfectly thrown by Tannehill
About 8 minutes Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks on 1st and 10 at own 48, Nicks had ball go thru his hands on what could’ve been a 52-yard TD. As it turned out, Giants were penalized for holding on play so would’ve nullified the play anyway.
Alex Smith for Donnie Avery ahead of defender on left sideline for a big play, but he overthrew him.
Here’s one you don’t [...]

Room for panic in New England

Given the shocking developments this week with Aaron Hernandez, it is time to panic when it comes to Tom Brady and fantasy football in 2013. We certainly don’t know what Rob Gronkowski’s timetable for the season will be, but with his recovery period likely to extend right to Week One, it’s very fair to guess that the Pats won’t have Gronk for at least a couple of weeks, and it might take a month for them to get the old Gronk back even if he’s in the mix to play as early as Week Two.

We all know Brady’s an all-time great, but this is getting ridiculous. Brady has now lost 243/2991/15 receiving from last year, and their key joker TE, who is very difficult to replace. And that’s not including Gronk or Danny Woodhead, who accounted for a very solid 40/446/3 in the passing game last year.

Brady is great at making the players around him better, but what concerns me most is the youth they have at receiver, particularly rookie Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. Back in the day Brady was able to put up good numbers throwing to guys like Troy Brown, David Givens, Reche Caldwell, and others. But [...]

QB Keeper Overviews

Note: Ages are accurate as of midseason 2010.

I’m a little behind breaking these out, but I did want to wait until the bulk of the free agent action took place. I’ll be busting my ass to offer similar overviews for RB, WR, and TE in the next 4-5 days. My goal’s to have them all up by next Wednesday, so we can move on to the NFL Draft and our pre-draft rookie stuff.

Here’s my take on the QB landscape for those in keeper leagues:

Given his youth, supporting cast, and what he's shown so far Packer QB Aaron Rodgers is about as appealing as it gets at the QB position for those in keeper leagues

The QB position in the NFL isn’t exactly bursting with young talent, so if you have a stud like Drew Brees (31), Peyton Manning (34), Aaron Rodgers (26), or Philip Rivers (28), then you’re doing really well at this position in your keeper or dynasty league. If you’re in a dynasty league or don’t have any restrictions in terms of the number of years you can keep a player, Rodgers (who will be 27 in December) and Rivers (who will be 29 in December) may [...]

First SOS Impressions

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 [...]

First look at the 2009 QBs

It’s already magazine time for us, and while we’re not putting out a ton of content right now, that doesn’t mean we’re sitting around the office watching clips on YouTube or checking our Facebook pages.

Okay, maybe we are a little.

Most of the time, we’re working on content for our 2009 magazine. We’re trying to get as much done as possible before the draft because, once that occurs, we’re in serious Magazine Mode and our deadline comes quickly. This year, we’ll be publishing the magazine a little earlier than usual, so we should have a good amount of 2009 content up in just 4-5 weeks. By the end of May, we’ll have the entire print magazine up on the site, and we’ll be rolling big time with a ton of content.

It’s still a little tough, however, to formulate strong opinions on players and team because the draft is a big part of the puzzle, and teams are still signing free agents (and making trades). We’re not totally clear on things like how the OLs are shaping up, and we don’t know a ton about player roles in those cases in which they’re up in the air. I also haven’t studied the [...]

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