For those about to MOCK: Notable trends seen in early fantasy football drafts
When Mr. Irrelevant, South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham, had his name called in front of a small group of reasonably sauced lingerers at last month’s NFL Draft, Fantasyland’s finest quickly began formulating thoughts and assembling cheat sheets for this year’s fake football drafts.
Mock season officially kicked off …
Over the next several weeks, armchair quarterbacks of various backgrounds will hone their draft skills in preparation for main events come August. During these exercises, participants will tinker with new strategies, rack their brains over complicated backfields and shout out expletives when desired players are pilfered just before their pick, all the while proclaiming
Jordan Cameron a good fit in Browns offense
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski believes TE Jordan Cameron is a good fit in the offense. “This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it,” Chud said. “He has the skill set that fits.” Cameron has intriguing physical ability as a 6'4, 245-pound former basketball player. And he's in an offense led by a couple of guys with a history of getting big-time production from the TE position (Chudzinski with Kellen Winslow, Antonio Gates and Greg Olsen; and OC Norv Turner with Jay Novacek, Vernon Davis and Gates). Cameron is short on production -- just 16 career college catches and 26 in the NFL -- but 2013 could be a breakout year. He'll be worth targeting as a sleeper in the later
Big things expected from Browns TEJordan Cameron has opportunity under new coaching staff
Perhaps more than any returning player, the basketball player-turned-tight end (Jordan Cameron) stands to benefit from the change in coaches and offensive systems. Head coach Rob Chudzinski, a former college tight end and Browns tight ends coach, and coordinator Norv Turner, intend to develop Cameron into the next tight end to make plays, not just catches. (Cleveland.com)
FF Today's Take: With
2013 Rookie Dynasty Draft – WR Rankings
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DeAndre Hopkins HOU (1st RD) -
While Cordarrelle Patterson may have the best upside from a raw skills perspective in this years class, it is Deandre Hopkins that is No.1 on my board. In Hopkins you have the most polished receiver in this class and he should be a slam dunk, week one starter opposite Andre Johnson.
At worst case Hopkins will be a bye week starting option in his rookie year and at best case he’s probably a weekly WR3 play. By next year we should see his floor at WR3, and his upside could blossom as far as a WR1 in PPR leagues, if the injury bug jumps up and bits Johnson again.
Rookie Dynasty Draft
Where does WR Keenan Allen fit in Chargers' offense?The Chargers spent a third-round pick Friday on a player who was thought to be a top-20 guy not too long ago. Concerns about Keenan Allen's knee and ankle injuries, and a report that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine led to him falling quite far. The California wide receiver landed in San Diego, a team that is already stocked at receiver with Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown and tight end Antonio Gates. FANTASY ANALYSIS: At first glance, it certainly doesn't look to be a lot of room there for a rookie, even one with Allen's talents, to make much of an impact. He still hasn't fully recovered from knee surgery after tearing his PCL in October, but he should be 100 percent in time for training camp. Best-case scenario to
Tiers for Beers: Graham a slam-dunk No. 1 in loaded TE class
It may seem insane-ludi-ridiculously early for fantasy football ranks, but with the NFL draft beginning Thursday, it's time for a refresher. In the final part of a special four-part series, the Noise tangos with TEs, and gets you a leg up on scoring extra beer money this fall. Team Huevos, shout, shout, let it all out in the comments section below.
Chargers news: RB Ryan Mathews can be 'bell cow'; high hopes for WR Vincent BrownChargers running back Ryan Mathews hasn't handled more than 275 touches in any of his three seasons in this league, and he has yet to make it though a season healthy. But every year, the Chargers come out and say what he can be in this league. Cue general manager Tom Telesco on Thursday: quot;I think [Mathews] can be a bell cow back," Telesco said via CBS Sports' Will Brinson. Head coach Mike McCoy was also speaking on Thursday. Of note, he said wide receiver Vincent Brown is a "great route runner" and "very disciplined," via U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken. McCoy said he has "high hopes" for Brown in his third season. FANTASY ANALYSIS: In 2010 and 2011, Mathews was one of the league's top tease players. He showed plenty of ability, but he
Early Top 200 for the 2013 Fantasy Football Season
Here’s an early look at my Top 200 for the 2013 fantasy football season. There are a number of factors that will certainly be changing over the next several months so expect to see big changes. Use the comments section at the bottom of this article to tell me where you agree or disagree.
2013 Top 200
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Arian Foster
3. Calvin Johnson
4. CJ Spiller
5. Marshawn Lynch
6. Ray Rice
7. Jamaal Charles
8. Doug Martin
9. Aaron Rodgers
10. Tom Brady
11. AJ Green
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Trent Richardson
14. Drew Brees
Exit Interview: Gonzalez proof that age is nothing but a number
For the first time in the fantasy era, a pair of tight ends were weighed by drafters at the Round 1 turn. In the eyes of millions, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, off historic 2012 campaigns, were position titans equal to or better than some of the virtual game's most established wide receivers. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistency hindered the duo in the follow-up. Overall, after a year of unprecedented production, the position as a whole slipped. Though still deep, only four TEs finished the season with at least 120 total points in traditional formats, the lowest total since 2008. Below is our recap of this season's TE flames and lames with a quick look at what notable names could
Fantasy Football Rankings: TE - Week 17 - PPRAntonio Gates could finally pay off for his owners when they need him most.
Danario Alexander (WR)
Okay, NFL quarterbacks. Raise your hand if you don’t like 6-5 receivers. What? No one? You mean you like having huge targets to throw the ball to? Danario Alexander is 6-5! What a coincidence! You should throw to him more often, after all he’s totaled 624 receiving yards in the last 8 games, and caught 6 touchdowns. Not too shabby for a guy who wasn’t drafted, and was cut by the Rams. The little gem landed in San Diego, and has “shined bright like a diamond” (sorry guys) even with Phillip Rivers throwing him the ball. He’s really the only receiving threat there, with Antonio Gates not doing jack this season. He’s averaged 11.62 fantasy points (non ppr) per game over his past 8 contests, and that’s with him somehow laying an unexplained goose egg against Carolina. The man doesn’t run the fastest 40 (4.62), but he’s been an effective receiver since he’s gotten the chance, and warrants a start in most formats in week 17. I think Alexander can be a reliable receiver moving forward into 2013, but I wouldn’t jump too many rounds to snatch him, as he hasn’t had a full season to prove himself. If you do gamble, and the production he’s been putting out of late keeps up, good for you. I’d rank him somewhere in the low 20 range for now, but with an off season to further bond with Rivers, he could jump to be a high caliber receiver. I mean hey…who else is Rivers going to throw to?
Chargers | Antonio Gates sets franchise recordSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught two passes for 44 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 16. It was Gates' 82nd touchdown as a member of the Chargers, which set the franchise record for receiving touchdowns.
Week 16 – TE Rankings
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High expectations this summer came crashing back to earth after fantasy owners lost Aaron Hernandez to a bad ankle injury during the second week of the season. Hernandez struggled to find his way back to the active roster playing in only two games from week three to week eleven.
Over the past three weeks Hernandez has come back and performed for fantasy owners like we expected, an elite option at his position. During that span of time 26 receptions (no fewer than eight in a game), 247-yards and three touchdowns.
Chargers | Antonio Gates back in the end zoneSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (undisclosed) managed just four grabs for 31 yards in the Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers, but he was able to post his first touchdown since Week 10. He left the game briefly due to an undisclosed injury, but missed just one play. The touchdown was his 81st career score, tying him with Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth for the all-time franchise lead.
Seven surprise fantasy stars of 2012 (and what to do with ‘em in 2013)
If there's one thing you can count on from NFL analysts, it's this: Every year, we declare that there's never been a season like the current one. So loaded with surprises. So full of unimaginable events. Who could have predicted any of this? No one.
Of course this is the stance most of us have to take, because it's our job to predict things, and the NFL remains stubbornly unpredictable. The only thing truly consistent about the modern league, year to year, is its tendency to shock us. (Well, that and the Patriots. But they were clearly sent by Skynet).
Today, our mission is to discuss the seven biggest surprise stars of 2012, with a few thoughts on their fantasy value next season — although you can
Week 15 – Start’em – Sit’em
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Heading into the second week of the fantasy playoffs, I can understand if fantasy owners are down on those players who failed to help them last week. However, one bad game doesn’t mean a player is going to let you down again this week. While rookie Bryce Brown struggled against the No.1 defense in the league against the run, expect a bounce back performance as the Eagles return home for a Thursday night matchup against the Bengals.
Week 15 Standard Rankings – QB |
Antonio Gates - Gates has been held in checkSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had only three catches for 31 yards in the team's Week 14 win, and he has been held to under 50 yards since Week 9. Gates has had four or fewer receptions in 10 of his 12 games this year. Gates was targeted eight times in Week 14, but he dropped a deep pass and wasn't able to gain separation from Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons over the middle. The extra burst that Gates used to leave single coverage in the past appears to be gone. He's being double-teamed at times this year, too.
Huddle Up: Gates has been a major disappointment -- even in a down year for the position as a whole -- as he currently ranks 17th among fantasy TEs with 69 points (Huddle Performance scoring).
Chargers | Antonio Gates held in checkSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had only three catches for 31 yards in the team's Week 14 win, and he has been held to under 50 yards since Week 9. Gates has had four or fewer receptions in 10 of his 12 games this year. Gates was targeted eight times in Week 14, but he dropped a deep pass and wasn't able to gain separation from Pittsburgh Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons over the middle. The extra burst that Gates used to leave single coverage in the past appears to be gone. He's being double-teamed at times this year, too.
Week 15 – TE Rankings
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Outside of Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Hernandez and Jason Witten it’s starting to get ugly at the tight end position for fantasy options. Super star names like Vernon Davis and Antonio Gates continue to play way below the expectations we have for them, while other options like Kyle Rudolph and Brandon Myers have good games then disappear for a week or two.
After the top names, look to Jermaine Gresham as the most reliable player for production. For the first time last week Gresham has had at least 43-yards in a game or he’s made up for it with a touchdown in the past six straight weeks.
Cincinnati is still pushing for the playoffs
Week 15 – WR Rankings
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The Chargers finally picked up a win and did so against a playoff caliber team, on the road. While Danario Alexander started off slow, he eventually had his way with the Steelers secondary picking up seven receptions for 88-yards and two touchdowns.
Alexander has done a terrific job in the short passing game, crossing routes and big plays down the field. Those of you that watched the Chargers play the Steelers on Sunday also know he has terrific balance and body control when going up in the air on 50/50 balls against a defender. This makes him a dangerous man inside the red zone and like his first touchdown, his body control around the sidelines allowed him to leap
Alexander the Great: Danario spikes twice in Pittsburgh
A visiting wide receiver spreading his wings in Pittsburgh is like a young thespian making a go of it on Broadway. If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere.
Take a bow, Danario Alexander. You're officially matchup-proof in our world. We won't sweat the remaining schedule.
The Steelers secondary was riding the crest of a two-month domination wave entering Week 14; no 200-yard passers since Week 6. And even with top corner Ike Taylor out of the mix, on paper it looked like a tricky day for the Chargers passing game. Philip Rivers is having his worst season in five years. Antonio Gates has turned into a milk carton player. Robert Meachem has been a colossal bust since Day 1.
Sources say Norv Turner will be firedGM A.J. Smith too
Not only will head coach Norv Turner be gone at the end of the season, but general manager A.J. Smith will be fired as well, as the Chargers make a monumental break from an era that was arguably the most successful and most disappointing in team history. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
FF Today's Take: Fantasy production has dwindled in San Diego as evidenced by TE Antonio Gates' fall from fantasy prominence. With Turner and Smith departing, the fantasy forecasts for players
Week 14 – Start’em – Sit’em
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Unless you have Ben Roethlisberger or Philip Rivers as your normal starter, fantasy owners should feel good about the way the schedule breaks out for your starter. This week should be one of the better passing weeks through the entire season as many top quarterbacks will either be playing against weak secondaries or matchups that present a high scoring, back and for situation.
Week 14 Standard Rankings – QB |
Week 14 – TE Rankings
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The Raiders are horrible and changes will be coming in Oakland soon after the season is over, once again. For all the problems this team is having there is one man who won’t let this team down, nor his fantasy owners and that is Brandon Myers. Part of Myers success is the Raiders playing from behind every week, but give the young tight end credit as he’s put together 69 receptions for 721 yards and four scores on the season. Last week was a career game with 14-receptions, 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns.
Myers skill-set and usage in the Raiders offense will continue to make him a more valuable option in PPR leagues rather than standard leagues, but we
Mostly NFL Notes: The year of the rookie quarterback
I've blamed Houston's run blocking mostly this year, but it's hard to defend Arian Foster when he gets 2.8 yards-per-touch against a Titans defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Of course, he once again helped fantasy owners by hitting pay dirt, but with Justin Forsett equaling his 14 carries and nearly doubling his yardage, the O-Line excuse becomes weaker. Foster has a legitimate shot at finishing as the No. 1 fantasy running back while getting fewer than 4.0 YPC AND having less than 150 receiving yards — a feat in which I'd be shocked if it wasn't the first time ever…Andre Johnson didn't see one target in the second
Chargers | Antonio Gates is no-show againSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates did have six catches in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he managed just 49 yards.
Lames: The Dougie Dance ends in Denver
Each week the Noise highlights 10 bold names who he believes are destined to torpedo your team leave egg on his face. For those playing the Lames home edition, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues to qualify. As an accountability advocate, results, whether genius or moronic, will post the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, post your Week 13 Lames in the comments section below.
Doug Martin, Hou, RB (93-percent started)
Matchup: at Den
Week 13 – TE Rankings
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Couple the recent play of Chad Henne with Coach Mike Mularkey’s willingness to put the football up, and Marcedes Lewis has new life and fantasy relevance. Against the Texans, Lewis grabbed two touchdowns and came back last week for four receptions and 56 yards last week.
Lewis won’t be a game breaking option but we should expect thm to continue to with a pass heavy game plan going forward. Jacksonville is going to give Henne his chance to win a starting job and it’s time to take a look at what this team has in talented young receivers like Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.
Where Lewis will be a factor is in the red zone and based on his ten touchdowns
Vernon Davis Has a Fantasy Throwdown Dream Match-up.All this statistical analysis sometimes is, in fact, all for naught. Driving home a 6-4 record on ten Fantasy Throwdown match-ups in week 11 is solid gain but not when the outcome could have been far superior. Missing completely on the Antonio Gates selection for a big game this week and in fact in Gates [...]
The 2012 All-Turkey team
Just to be clear, in the context of the All-Turkey fantasy team, being a turkey is a bad thing.
We're not referring to the sort of turkey 'round which families gather in the spirit of thankfulness and fellowship. Instead, we're referring to what Jim Harbaugh might call, "Gobble, gobble, gobble turkey from funk-jive turkey gobblers."
Got it? Great.
With that resolved, the Yahoo! fantasy staff is now prepared to talk turkey...
Who is your All-Turkey Team QB
The 2012 All-Thanks Team
I'm not here to give anyone a history lesson on Thanksgiving. I assume we all know it dates back to at least 1969, when Led Zeppelin released its second record. (Hat tip to you, lads. Give my regards to Gerrod Street.)
Today's assignment is thanks with a fantasy spin: who are the fake football players most worthy of a hearty Thursday salute? We've collected the Fantasy Staff and we're in a friendly, positive mood. Raise those glasses high and let's appreciate the gladiators who sacrifice their bodies for our pretend glory.
WK 12 – WR Rankings
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Fantasy owners with Andre Johnson were waiting for an explosive game from the veteran and they finally got it against the Jaguars. Johnson put the game away with a 48-yard touchdown to seal the game in over time helping him finish with 14 receptions for 273 yards and the big score.
With top corner back Jonathan Joseph questionable for this week, the Lions will have respectable odds of forcing the Texans into another high-scoring game on Thanksgiving. Look to Johnson as a must start WR1 going forward.
What Did We Learn From Week 11?
- While Antonio
WK 12 – TE Rankings
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So much for Vernon Davis struggling without Alex Smith. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was terrific in his first start of his career on Monday night, and Davis was clearly featured in the offense. What has been another up and down season for Davis in terms of his stats, should turn into two solid performances in a row as San Francisco heads out to New Orleans this week.
While we shouldn’t expect the type of numbers Davis up against the Saints in the playoffs last year, consider him a lock to at least repeat the production he put up against the Bears, whether Kaepernick or Smith start at quarterback.
What Did We Learn From Week 11?
Ed Reed suspended one gameWill appeal after drawing flag for illegal hit
Ed Reed has been suspended for one game without pay by the NFL for repeated hits to the head area of opponents following a review. Reed was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders. Reed told coach John Harbaugh that he plans to immediately appeal and a decision is forthcoming by Wednesday on whether he'll be able to play in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. (
Chargers | Antonio Gates does nothing in lossSan Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates had two receptions for just 17 yards and no scores in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos.
Malcom Floyd - Floyd takes over as Chargers' Z receiverSan Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has taken over as the team's 'Z' receiver. The 'Z' typically lines up on the same side as TE Antonio Gates, and Floyd was moved there in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to create mismatches and make opponents pick their poison. The position was previously manned by WR Robert Meachem. 'With Antonio and I lining up next to each other, we put a strain on whatever side we're on,' Floyd said.
Huddle Up: Left unsaid here is that the rapidly-emerging Danario Alexander is starting in Floyd's old spot, relegating Meachem to third-WR status. Alexander had 5 catches for 134 yards and a TD last week, while Meachem only caught 1 pass for 8 yards.
Chargers | Malcom Floyd takes over as Z receiverSan Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has taken over as the team's 'Z' receiver. The 'Z' typically lines up on the same side as TE Antonio Gates, and Floyd was moved there in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to create mismatches and make opponents pick their poison. The position was previously manned by WR Robert Meachem. 'With Antonio and I lining up next to each other, we put a strain on whatever side we're on,' Floyd said.
Week 11: PPR WatchWe profile players that will be difference makers in your PPR league this week. This week's picks include Antonio Gates, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Maclin, Frank Gore, and Michael Crabtree.
Week 11 – Waiver Wire Pickups
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One bye week left to plow through and I’m sure we’re all happy about that. Look to New Orleans ground game for some help this week as they take on the Raiders. For those of you looking for some help at receiver I have a few AFC West big play receivers we need to target, if they are still around in your league.
Lames: Cutler’s ‘doubtful’ status blurs Marshall’s Week 11 value
Each week the Noise highlights 10 bold names who he believes are destined to torpedo your team leave egg on his face. For those playing the Lames home edition, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues to qualify. As an accountability advocate, results, whether genius or moronic, will post the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, post your Week 11 Lames in the comments section below.
Willis McGahee, Den, RB (78-percent started)
NFL Skinny: Week 11 preview
It's the last week of byes — And all his people said, "Amen!"
This week will be especially tough on the QB position, as Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith are all dealing with injuries that threaten their weekend participation. And, as always, the signal caller is where we'll start this week's early breakdown of Week 11, Skinny-style:
Total Week 11 green-light plays by position: 10 QB; 9 RB; 12 WR; 9 TE; 7 DST
Note: Numbers in parentheses next to a player's name indicate where he ranks at his position in
Week 11 TE Rankings
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It looked like Greg Olsen was off to a career year after the first four games of the season in which he collected at least six receptions in three of those games. As Cam Newton regressed so did the rest of the Panthers offense and all too often the game plan seemed to get away from their talented tight end.
In recent weeks Olsen’s numbers have come back to life and last week he had his top performance of the year with nine receptions for 102 yards and two touchdown scores. Oddly enough, Olsen was featured on the Panthers first drive but he seemed to fade out of the offense until a fourth-quarter drive gave him his second touchdown in garbage
Nope, Tampa Bay still can’t defend the pass
Perhaps you've already seen the clip of Danario Alexander's early 80-yard touchdown catch against the Bucs. If not, here it is. Alexander redirected Tampa corner Leonard Johnson at the line, then ran a quick slant, shrugged off tacklers after the catch, and outran everyone to the goal line. Too easy.
Alexander was a popular waiver add this week, because A) he's seriously skilled, and B) Robert Meachem has been notably awful. Health has been the issue with DX over the years, never talent. When he's right, he's a dangerous man -- certainly dangerous enough to torch the Bucs.
At the end of
Week 10 – TE Rankings
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Someone in Cincinnati needs to step up as a consistent No.2 option in the passing game. While Jermaine Gresham has the ability to be that option, he needs to show us he can put together consistent numbers.
Three weeks ago Gresham had 68 yards and a score, only to go for 19 yards before the teams bye week. Gresham bounced back against the Broncos with six receptions for 108 yards and for the second time in three weeks, he has a play of over 50 yards.
Because of the way the Bengals are structured as a team, Gresham should continue to benefit from the Bengals finding themselves in pass heavy situations weekly. Consider Gresham a low-end TE1 going forward, even if
Shuffle Up: Foster and Gronkowski hold their ground
The running back and tight end ranks you find in this article are rest-of-season ranks, not Week 9 ranks. The goal of this assignment is to grade expected fantasy value to come over the final two months. Assume a standard scoring system, no PPR. And make sure you're not adding 15-20 percent of bonus value to the players you happen to roster; the real world doesn't operate that way.
Just the ranks for now. Later on Saturday, I'll add commentary and maybe change a slotting or two. Win the debate, win the rank. Let's figure out this crazy game together.
1. Arian Foster
2. Ray Rice
3. LeSean McCoy
4. Adrian Peterson
5. Doug Martin
6. Marshawn Lynch
Robert Meachem inactive
Chargers WR Robert Meachem (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game against the Chiefs. WR Eddie Royal is also out. Neither guy has been effective this season, but it leaves QB Philip with only Seyi Ajirotutu and newly-signed Danario Alexander behind top WR Malcom Floyd. Look for lots of Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates.
Danario Alexander - Newcomer tops Chargers in receiving yardsWR Danario Alexander had 3 catches for a team-high 61 yards Thursday night in a 31-14 Week 9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Alexander, who was signed only last week, came through when called upon for the short-handed Chargers, who were without injured wideouts Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal. While Alexander led the way in receiving yards, WR Malcolm Floyd and TE Antonio Gates had scoring receptions for San Diego, while RB Ronnie Brown led the team with 5 catches.
Shuffle Up and Redraft: Starting over with 220 picks
In the world of spies, they mock what they don't understand. In the world of fantasy, we want to understand, so we mock.
Truth be told, this 220-pick exercise wasn't really a mock — it's a real thing. I assembled 10 of my flatliner roto friends (industry and non-industry folks included) and we're all standing behind our teams. While we won't do any maintenance to the rosters we drafted Tuesday night, we are keeping score and we are playing for a financial stake. If you can't go full out, why go at all?
We'll use best-ball scoring to determine the winners; everyone will have their best theoretical score assigned to them after each go-round. It's a total-points grab, there are no head-to-head games. We're using the
NFL Skinny: Week 9 preview
A couple of my fantasy teams are fairly sunk at this point. The common thread(s) between these teams are Pierre Garcon, Jonathan Stewart and Antonio Gates — a more miserable combination of mid-round draft picks you probably couldn't have made this past draft season. They might all still have their shining moment in '12 (if you don't count the first eight minutes of the season for Garcon), but it'll be too late for most anyone that heavily invested in them. It's pretty hard to be successful through the bye season when you miss on your RB3 and WR3, and also buy earlier than most on a tight end that hasn't panned out to this point. I'm guessing I'll probably diversify my portfolio a little more in next year's drafts. But at least I still