Week 3
Kyle Orton
- Celebrated being named starter by going 10/17 for 147 yards and 2 TDs.
J.T. O’Sullivan – Made most of his start going 7/8 for 126 Yards and a TD to nail down the starting gig.
Thomas Clayton – 18 carries, 81 yards, TD, 2 catches for 20 yards
Jason Hill – 4 catches, 94 yards, TD
Rashied Davis – 4 catches, 58 yards, 2 TDs
Matt Ryan – Looked sharp in his start going 15/21 for 102 yards and a TD.
Brian Finneran – 5 catches for 53 yards
Donovan McNabb – 13/17, 180 yards, TD
Matt Gutierrez – 14/20, 217 yards, 2 TDs
DeSean Jackson – 4 catches, 67 yards
C.J. Jones – 3 catches, 70 yards, TD
Marion Barber – 13 carries, 75 yards, TD
Kevin Walter – 6 catches, 61 yards, TD
Aaron Rodgers – 18/22 for 193 yards, TD
Jay Cutler – 6/13, 115 yards, 2 TDs
Brandon Marshall – 2 catches, 71 yards, TD
Roy Williams – Proved Calvin isn’t the only catch hauling in 3 passes for 61 yards.
Jalen Parmele - 7 carries, 88 yards, TD
DeAngelo Williams – 9 carries, 101 yards, TD
Jonathan Stewart – 10 carries, 100 yards, TD
Steve Smith – 4 catches, 60 yards, TD
Billy McMullen – 6 catches, 55 yards
Drew Brees – 14/22, 199 yards, TD
Lance Moore – 4 catches, 79 yards
Robert Meachem – 4 catches, 71 yards
Pierre Thomas - 5 carries, 46 yards, 4 catches, 35 yards
Marc Bulger – 18/25, 182 yards, 2 TDs
Derrick Mason – 6 catches, 85 yards, TD
Donnie Avery – 5 catches, 65 yards
Kennan Burton - 3 catches, 63 yards, TD
Rashard Mendenhall – 15 carries, 79 yards
Aundrae Allison – 5 catches, 56 yards
Willie Reid – 5 catches, 55 yards
J.J. Arrington – 2 carries, 71 yards, TD
Tim Hightower – 10 carries, 52 yards, TD
Anquan Boldin – 3 catches, 54 yards
Javon Walker – 4 catches, 60 yards
Devin Aromashodu – 1 catch, 94 yards, TD.  Talk about making the most of your one catch.
Charlie Frye - 19/29, 219 yads, 2 TDs, 2 carries, 22 yards
T.J. Duckett – 6 carries, 46 yards
Darren Sproles – 13 carries, 102 yards, TD
Nate Burleson – 1 catch, 68 yards, TD
Jordan Kent - 4 catches, 47 yards, TD
Vincent Jackson – 3 catches, 84 yards

Cory J. Bonini of KFFL.com offered an independent evaluation of the teams in the KFFL Analyis Draft.  Here’s what he thought of my selections.

By Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Tim Heaney

“I am here to independently evaluate each team in the KFFL Fantasy Analysis Draft. I’m not necessarily going to be kind, but I will play fair. I asked each participant to provide me with a few answers to specific questions and their best/worst picks of the draft.

Company: LestersLegends.com
Drafter: Ryan Lester
Pick: 1:02

Table: LestersLegends.com‘s roster

Player 
Tm 
Pos 
Rnd 
Pk 
Ovr 
MIN 
RB 
JAX 
RB 
11 
23 
CIN 
WR 
26 
KC 
WR 
11 
47 
ARI 
RB 
50 
WAS 
TE 
11 
71 
GB 
WR 
74 
DAL 
RB 
11 
95 
STL 
QB 
98 
NE 
D/ST 
10 
11 
119 
SF 
WR 
11 
122 
TEN 
TE 
12 
11 
143 
DET 
QB 
13 
146 
SD 
RB 
14 
11 
167 
HOU 
WR 
15 
170 
ARI 
16 
11 
191 

Naturally, the pick of Minnesota Vikings  running back Adrian Peterson has to excite one as an owner. I’m not so keen on AD after left tackle Bryant McKinnie was suspended for the first four games for being unruly off the field. It’s not like we didn’t see it coming, but how can you pass on Peterson at 1:02?

My first impression is that Mr. Lester built himself a strong team. In fact, I will go as far as saying this is the strongest team I have reviewed in the KFFL FAD yet. The only major weakness he could have is at quarterback if the St. Louis RamsMarc Bulger doesn’t show up or gets injured. I’m not wild about Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna as a backup, but you can’t be strong in all facets of your team, can you? I don’t think so in an expert league, anyway.

My biggest gripe is one that not a lot of fantasy owners will share: How can you grab Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in Round 4? I couldn’t draft him in Round 6, personally. There is simply too much uncertainty and potential for regression surrounding him. KC is an ugly team, to put it bluntly.

The only question I posed to Lester was about his suspect quarterbacks.

“Looking at the scoring system, it didn’t appear that QBs were very valuable in this league. Once the top guys went I decided to wait until I would get better value. I typically will wait for a QB until I think they are a good value. For example, if [Cincinnati Bengals quarterback] Carson Palmer had been there in the fifth [round] I would have taken him,” Ryan said.

Best: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Worst: Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter

I think his pick of Housh was fair value and not great. The best pick, which may be a bit of a stretch on my part, perhaps was Tennessee Titans tight end Alge Crumpler. I think he and quarterback Vince Young are capable of being a near-lethal combo in the red zone. As for his worst, I think I’d have to agree with the selection of Walter. He is only draftable to me in 20-round leagues or larger.

Grade: A-”

My retort:
First of all I would like to thank Cory for his kind words.  I’ll also take this opportunity to explain my rationale for some of the picks in question. 

Adrian Peterson – McKinnie will get suspended, but Peterson has 2000 yard potential.  I couldn’t pass that up.

Marc Bulger/Jon Kitna – While they aren’t sexy picks, I think they will be adequate in this format.  Bulger can be awesome when (if) he can stay healthy.  It’s a risk, but there’s a great reward if he can.  The more I think about the Kitna selection, the happier I am.  He has two stud WRs in Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams.  Gotta love that.

Dwayne Bowe – Given this is a PPR league, WRs were going like hot cakes.  I think he has the potential to catch 90 passes for Kansas City.  Theire offense may be awful, but it can still turn out some fantasy gems.  If I had a chance to see Calvin Johnson’s preseason prior to the Analysis Draft, I would have went that route.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Obviously I’m not enjoying the hamstring injury Housh is dealing with, but he’s a guy who tied for the league lead in receptions (which is huge in a PPR league), was 15th in receiving yards, and tied for 4th in TDs.  Not too shabby from a third round pick in a 12 team draft.

Kevin Walter – Kevin Walter was 26th among WRs (33rd overall) in receptions last year with 65.  He was 32nd in receving yards (36th overall) among WRs with 800.  Sure, he only scored 4 TDs, but there is no reason he shouldn’t be owned in a 12 team PPR league.

Alge Crumpler – I’m hoping that Alge ends up being my Steal of the Draft.

 

Captain Fantastic, who you may remember from the Big Ben Fantasy Football Cage Match and the LestersLegends Mock Draft, called into KFAN to ask Paul Charchian a fantasy football keeper league question.  He was kind enough to mention me to Paul on the air.  Click the arrow to see Captain Fantastic and Charch’s exchange.

Thanks Paul for the kind words.  See what Paul Charchian is up to at LeagueSafe.com.

It’s time to take a look around the league and see what’s happening on the injury front.

Bernard Berrian - Berrian sat out with a toe injury.  That’s OK because starter Tarvaris Jackson also missed the game so he didn’t miss out on much.

Drew Carter - The Oakland WR will miss the season with a knee injury.  Oakland really is cursed aren’t they?

Marques Colston - Colston got an early exit because of bruised ribs.  Other than some discomfort, Colston should be fine for the opener.

Matt Hasselbeck – He will not play in tonight’s preseason game vs. San Diego because of his back.  We’ll see if he gets any work in prior to the opener.

Andre Johnson - Though he did not make a catch, AJ did make his preseason debut for the Texans, helping fantasy owners (myself included) breath a little easier.

Bryant Johnson - Johnson has yet to play in the preseason because of a hamstring injury.  He will likely be slow out of the gates, although playing his former team in Week 1 could serve as motivation.

Rudi Johnson - Forget Where’s Waldo, Where’s Rudi?  Last year he let Kenny Watson outperform him because of injury.  This year Chris Perry is taking the honors.

Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD left Jacksonville’s preseason clash with Tampa after hurting his ankle.  It doesn’t appear to be serious though, and he should be good to go in the opener.

Kyle Kosier - Kosier suffered a sprained foot that could keep him out of the first month of the season.  Why is he important?  He’s the starting RG for Dallas.  Life could be a little more difficult for Romo, MB3, and company.

Carson Palmer - Palmer had his nose broken for him.  It shouldn’t have an impact on his play.

Jonathan Stewart - I guess the toe is feeling better.  In his first preseason action J-Stew (my presason ROY) ripped off 100 yards and a TD in ten carries.

Jason Taylor - Dancing with the Stars’ Jason Taylor sprained a knee.  He could miss the opener, but I would guess he’ll be back in time.

Osi Umenyiora – Osi is out for the season following a knee injury.  Unless they can drag Michael Strahan out of retirement, I would bump NYG DEF down a few notches.  If you took Osi as a IDP, you will have to look elsewhere.

With fantasy football drafts in full swing this weekend, I wanted to offer you a few pointers to aid you in your selection process.

-  Be prepared.  Do your homework.  Know who’s hurt, including lineman who help your QB/RB/WR succeed.

-  Stay calm.  Part of being prepared is knowing ahead of time who you want to take.  If there are three picks until yours, decide on three guys you’d be happy with.  When it comes your turn you’ll be able to calmly select your guy.

-  Don’t get sucked into a run.  If the Tight Ends are going like hot cakes don’t snag a guy that isn’t in the tier that’s being drafted.  For example, if Antonio Gates and Jason Witten have been taken, it’s OK to take Kellen Winslow.  It’s not OK to take Chris Cooley though when he’ll be available a round or two later.

-  Don’t draft a Kicker early.  They are such a crap shoot.  There is a difference between the top Kicker and the average kicker, but uncovering the top Kicker can be tricky.

-  Don’t get too drunk.  It’s OK to have an adult beverage (assuming you’re of age and not driving over the limit) or two.  However, don’t get to that goofy stage when you’d just as soon take David Garrard in the third round as you would hit on your friend’s slighly unattractive sister.  You have to live with this team all year.  Wait until after the draft to booze it up.

-  Eat before hand.  Again, you want to concentrate on your draft.  You shouldn’t be hitting the taco dip or thinking about how Taco Bell will be on the way home.  Limit your distractions.

-  Don’t tip your hand.  I know you want to talk fantasy and impress your friends, but they don’t need to know your sleepers.  Keep your info to yourself.

-  Listen.  There will be information available if you listen to your leaguemates.  Let them tip their hands. 

-  Avoid being too much of a homer.  It’s OK to take one of your guys as a tie-breaker.  However, don’t go taking Sidney Rice in the 5th round because you’re a Vikings fan.  Use your head.

OK, there you have it.  These tips won’t guarantee you fantasy success, but they put you in better position to succeed this year.

It’s time to take a look around the league and see what’s happening on the injury front.

Derek Anderson – Suffered a concussion vs. the Giants (Sack by Osi Umenyiora ) on Monday.  He’ll likely sit out Saturday’s game against Detroit for precautionary reasons.

Tom Brady - It’s the Patriots so it’s not worth analyzing, but Brady will likely miss this week’s preseason matchup with the Eagles.

Reggie Brown - Reggie will miss the rest of the preseason to be ready for the opener vs. the Rams.

Kevin Curtis - A sports hernia will likely sideline Curtis for a couple of months.  Fortunately for Curtis a couple of the weeks will be before the season starts.  He could miss 4-6 games.  The Eagles have a bye in Week 7 so he could possibly be out until Week 8.  Here’s further proof while drafting early isn’t recommended.

Antonio Gates - Gates has finally began to get some work in.  He’ll probably take it slow going forward with a target of Week 1 for his full return.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Housh continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.  While it would be nice for him to get some work in, I’m not too worried yet.

Steven Jackson - There’s no injury to report (yet), but now S-Jax has to get up to speed.  Hopefully he doesn’t rush himself because that’s how you hurt a hamstring.

Tarvaris Jackson - Brad Childress continues to be hush hush on T-Jack’s status.  Like anybody cares.  They are preparing him to be ready to play to test his moxie, but in the end it’s not worth sending him out there against the Steelers.

Greg Jennings - His knee injury looks to be past him, and he’ll likely return to action this week vs. Denver.

Rudi Johnson - Last year Rudi dealt with injuries and Kenny Watson was clearly the best back on the Bengals.  This year Rudi is dealing with injuries and Chris Perry is looking to assume that role.  I’ve lost some confidence in Rudi.

Kevin Jones - Jones will likely get some work tonight vs. the 49ers.  He’s trying to come back from an ACL injury suffered last December.

Peyton Manning – Should start to practice next week.  He’s on pace to return for the season opener.  I doubt he’ll try and get any work in vs. Cincy at the end of the month.

Willis McGahee – McGahee was quoted in the Baltimore Sun saying “”I will be ready for the regular season, but I don’t know about playing in the preseason.”  There you have it folks.  Nobody likes the preseason.

Time for another Fantasy Football Cage Match.  We have a new challenger, Majesty, to mix it up with Awesome.  Today they debate Marion Barber III.

The Fantasy Cage Match (of the Century, Decade, Day, or Minute, etc.) 
Awesome vs. Majesty

In a no holds barred – they may even rip on each other’s children—contest of wit and sarcasm (or lack thereof), in a 15 foot tall steel cage laced with barbed wire and surrounded by super-hot, scantily clad Terrorist chicks ready to douse the loser with anthrax. (Pause for mental image to set in).

Who will win? I think it was JFK or Jesus who said: It’s not whether you win or lose, but how many people you step on and offend during the course of the game.


“I may not be right, I’m not politically correct, and I’m probably going to offend you in some way, but I’m always AWESOME.”

The Fantasy Football Cage Match:
Position:  Running Back
Player:  Marion Barber III
Stance:  Pro
 
By:  Awesome

New challenger, same result: meat. Ok meat, let’s go.

Does this guy belong in the top 10 RB’s?? The answer is…NO.

HE BELONGS IN THE TOP 3!!!  So, I guess, technically, the answer is “yes,” but I had to do that for effect. Anyway, the only two I would rank ahead of him are LT, and Addai. And because this is the first thing you’ll want to spew at me, let’s dismiss the other “candidates” before we go on to Barber (don’t worry, this won’t take long).

Adrian Peterson:
You’ll get the full frontal nude attack on Peterson from me in a few days, but here’s the abbreviated edition for those of you have trouble talking to the opposite sex. He’s played less than 1 full year in the NFL because he was injured; he has a history of being injury prone (see where this is going? Yeah, 1 + 1 = YOU’RE STUPID); ankles and knees help you run, and your collar bone… never mind) ; out of the 14 games he actually did play, he had 2 really great games( won your fantasy matchup for you), 4 good games (at least 100 yds & TD, or equivalent), 3 average games (100 yds or less, 0 TDs), and 5 really terrible games (you counted on him, and he lost you the game, including week 16). Hmmm, which one of those numbers is biggest? We’re done here.

Larry Johnson:
Or should I call him “The 1-1/2 Year Wonder”? That’s right, and I won’t get into as much detail because there aren’t as many people on his bandwagon this year, but guess what? Without an Offensive Line, the RB sucks. That’s it.

Brian Westbrook:
Also known as “Captain Injured”. He has NEVER, repeat NEVER played ONE FULL SEASON!!! True, he’s come close, and when he plays, he’s good—really good. But like Peterson, he’s all or nothing. And however good you think he has been, his TD totals for his career read like this (from most recent): 12, 11, 7, 9, 11, 0. Yep. I’ll let that sink in for a second. WOW! Or, as my two year old just learned to say: THAT’S AMAZING!!! That’s actually very average, maybe slightly above average. Either way, he’s a headache and you’ll get burned a few times every year.  You can have him.

Steven Jackson:
Give me a break. The guy had one year of really good numbers, and guess what? During that year, 9 of his “THAT’S AMAZING” TDs all came in weeks 12-17 (yes, 3 TDs in week 17), which means he didn’t even get you into the playoffs, so it doesn’t matter that he won them for you — unless you aim to win the toilet bowl every year, because that’s the trophy he won you.

Who else…Frank Gore? Sure, why not:
TDs (again) most recent: 6, 9, and 3. THAT’S AMAZING!!!. And it’s not like you’ll have to worry about him getting hurt, or playing is a game time decision. ‘Nuff said.

Ok, now let’s get to Barber.

If you like fantasy football, you should also like players who score touchdowns, also called “TDs” (and no, this isn’t the same thing your girlfriend/wife/ex-wife gave you, those are “STDs”). And TDs are worth 6 points. BAM! POW! ZAP!  Just like that! 6 points! Yep, that’s how it works. And don’t whine to me about “well, I get 1 pt for every 10 yards blah blah blah, and so Frank Gore is worth more because blah blah blah,” I don’t care. 6 is worth more than 1, period. At least that’s how my league scores it. And if your league scores it differently, sign me up and increase the entry fee.

And  over the last two years, he racked up 26 TDs, and he did it while sharing time with Julius “not Peppers” Jones, who had (stole) 267 and 166 carries in 2006 & 2007, respectively (not really). Give Barber most of those carries (I’m sure Felix will get some of them, especially in blowouts), and you’ve got your yardage totals that put him in the top 3 by the end of the year.

Let’s remember, the best thing that happened to Marion Barber owners was “The Big D” getting rid of that fossil Bill Parcels.  Parcels is one of those ancient white guys who just hates, HATES to admit when he’s wrong. Sure, he’s a great coach and all, or at least he was; and yes, he deserves a certain amount of respect. But I’ll give him that respect when I see him standing behind my Grandfather in the cafeteria line at the old folks’ home, balancing his tray full of strained peas in one hand, and his oxygen tank in the other. Parcels is the only reason Barber had to share the workload the last two years, despite Julius Jones making a very strong case for his own dismissal. And make no mistake, Julius Jones was his guy. That’s why they kept trying to work him in, Parcels didn’t want to admit he drafted the wrong guy; or possibly, if Jones does what he looks like he’s going to do in Seattle, Parcels just wasn’t willing to write his playbook around Jones’ particular skill-set(s), and the mesh didn’t fit.

Regardless, Barber is the only car in the garage now, and it’s his race to win or lose. He’ll be given the chance. Sure, Felix Jones is there to remind Barber that he may not have much room for error, but really, there’s no way the Cowboys are going to willingly give the running game to a rookie. Not with this team; this team is EXPECTED to make a run for the Super Bowl (if not win it outright), and you don’t go into Vegas or Dallas or anywhere in Texas for that matter with that swagger, confidence that borders on cockiness, with “??s” about your running game. Especially in Dallas, where, historically, they won each and every ring with a great Running Back leading the way. And the Cowboys were confident enough in Barber to let Jones move to the Northwest. Given who’s run for the Jerry Jones in the past, if he’s comfortable letting Barber take the reins in this year’s quest for a ring, then so am I.

Done.

The Fantasy Football Cage Match:
Position:  Running Back
Player:  Marion Barber III
Stance:  Con
By:  Majesty

A reporter from the Dallas Morning News had this to say about a Dallas running back: “They’re going to get him the ball in space and give him opportunities to make one guy miss and take it to the house. He gives Dallas a game-breaker in the backfield like they haven’t had in years because he has such big-play potential.”

That player was not named Marion Barber III. Thus, Barber’s claim to his team’s #1 RB position is not without question. Whether or not he should hold your team’s #1 RB spot has a simple answer: No.

What you want out of your top RB is performances that will lead to victories week in, week out. Let’s check out Mr. Barber’s consistency.

Carries:
In 2007, he averaged 12.75 carries per game with a standard deviation of 4.78. That is, you’d expect him to get anywhere from 8 to 18 carries per game. Compare that against guys like Thomas Jones (19), Fred Taylor (15), Edgerrin James (20), Justin Fargas (16) and LenDale White (19). What you can see is that his better games for carries are sub-par for most of those others. Notice that I’m not comparing him to guys like LT, Adrian Peterson, Steven Jackson, Brian Westbrook, etc.

Yards:
In 2007, he averaged 60.94 yards per game with a standard deviation of 31.97. So in a given week, him getting 30 yards is just as likely as 90 yards. Comparing against the same people:

Jones (70/game, sd of 32)
Taylor (80/game, sd of 34)
James (76/game, sd of 26)
Fargas (72/game, sd of 53)
White (69/game, sd of 34)

So he’s not quite as consistent as James, and on par with Taylor, Jones and White. He does appear to be more consistent than Fargas, but note that Fargas had two games in which he had a total of 3 carries and 13 yards, which elevates his standard deviation and lowers his average. The problem is that while he matches their consistency, it shows that he consistently has fewer yards than them.

Now, the biggest reason his numbers are lower is the running back by committee system. One might wonder why he hasn’t been handed the lead role. Well, the rap on Barber is that he runs really hard. Admittedly, the perk of this is the ability to get the tough yards in either red zone. His most impressive run last year was for two yards, and it was in the end zone, though he didn’t get a touchdown on it. The downside of it is that when you run that hard, you wear yourself out. The team wants you to still have some fuel in the tank for those short yardage situations late in the game. Translation: A limited number of carries.

The most evident reason to not name Marion Barber your #1 RB is because of that dreaded running back by committee. After getting rid of Julius Jones (164 carries last year vs. Barber’s 204) in the offseason, it looked like MB3 would have things all to himself. Yet it looks as though he still might share carries with Jones. Not that Jones, the other Jones! Felix Jones played second fiddle to Darren McFadden in college, and still put up solid numbers there. Clearly he knows how to make most out of the second spot.

Speaking of McFadden, before the NFL draft there’d been some talk about Dallas wanting to trade up to get McFadden, even if it meant dealing Barber. The fact that they even considered a move like that illustrates that the team just isn’t sold on the guy as their top back. If his employer isn’t ready to depend on him to be their #1 player, neither should you.

Lester’s Ruling
Well, this is basically a draw to me.  I don’t see MB3 as a top 3 RB, but I do feel he is worthy of being a #1 RB.  The thing I like about Barber is his TD production.  He’ll still have to share carries with Felix Jones, but the red zone is his.  Barber basically has a free pass when he gets down there because you have to worry about T.O. and Witten.  Jones will have to break off a long run to reach paydirt.  If pressed to choose I’d say Awesome wins this by a hair.
 

One thing I can’t wait to do is make my fantasy football Out on a Limb picks again when the season kicks off.  I scour the rosters to select a player who I feel will outperform a higher profile player in that given week.  I base my decisions on matchups, how the players are trending, and the ever-important hunch.  To mix things up I’ll occasionally do some two on one matchups or even pit RB or WR duos against each other.  Sometimes I’ll spot a player some points. 

Since the third preseason game is the closest to an actual game, I’ll use this opportunity to get prepared for the season as well.  I’m going 1 Quarterback, 1 Running Back, and 1 Wide Receiver. 

Scoring
6 points for rushing or receiving TD
4 points for a passing TD
0.1 points per yard for rushing or receiving
0.05 points per passing yard. 

Quarterback
 
Brett Favre
over Aaron Rodgers +6
This won’t be the last time I pair up these two forever linked QBs.  Brett is going to do a bit more throwing this week to get him in tune with the new offense.  If he’s not on his back from a strong Giants pass rush, he should be able to get rolling.  Meanwhile, Rodgers will go into Denver, which is not a fun place to play even in the preseason.  I’ll spot Rodgers six points and roll with Brett.

Running Back
 
Larry Johnson
over Brian Westbrook
LJ has been getting more work the Westy, and I see that trend continuing this week.  Plus, LJ gets to face Miami while Westbrook goes up against New England. 

Wide Receiver
 
Brandon Marshall
over Randy Moss
With Marshall out the first couple weeks of the season, it is important he gets his work in now with Jay Cutler.  He torched Pacman Jones last week.  This week he goes against the Packers.  They have great DBs, but I’m guessing Marshall gets his.  Alternatively you have Randy Moss, who won’t be catching balls from Tom Brady, and has little to no motivation to get up for this game.  Moss has been known to play when he wants to, and this won’t be one of those weeks.

Pay the Fan Update

20 August 2008

I previously mentioned Pay the Fan (www.paythefan.com) weekly fantasy football game.  I have an exciting update.  Now you can join The Fantasy Sports Forum‘s Pay the Fan League and receive a $5 discount.

As I mentioned it’s a weekly game that allows you to pick your lineup out of the entire fantasy football pool. The catch is you can only use each player twice during the course of the year so you can’t mindlessly plug in Tom Brady, LT, and Adrian Peterson every week.  A starting lineup consists of a QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, a TE, a K, and a DST.  Pretty standard lineup so fantasy footballers will be familiar with it. 

The scoring looks like this:

Join the Fantasy Sports Forum League (for a $5 discount) before the season kicks off to be eligible for the Grand Prize of $250,000.  

What would a fantasy football game be without the ability to stir the pot against your rivals?  Well Pay the Fan has that covered with their Smack Board.  You can taunt your opponents as you dominate them. 

So you get to play a simple fantasy football game with $10K weekly payouts and a $250K Grand Prize.  That’s got to cost a pretty penny, right?  Not exactly.  The full season cost is $64.95.  If you break it down, that’s $3.82 per week (17 week seasons).  That’s like playing $0.55 a day in the lottery.  Only, your odds are much better here, especially when you consider your fantasy football knowledge will give you an advantage.  Here is a look at the Full Season Prizes:

Here’s a look at Last Year’s Winners:

Sign up today and it could be you collecting the riches!

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With the 2008 NFL Season ready to kick off in a few weeks, I decided it was a good time to get my predictions out there.

MVP: Adrian Peterson
I think the Vikings will win the NFC North and All Day will run for 1800 yards and 12 TDs.
Runner Up:  Peyton Manning

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Stewart
It is Darren McFadden’s Award to lose, and I think he’ll do just that.  Oakland won’t fully tap into Run DMC’s potential.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart will run wild for the Panthers.
Runner-up:  McFadden

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jerod Mayo
Mayo will pile up the tackles and big plays for the Patriots.
Runner-up:  Glenn Dorsey

Comeback Player of the Year: Ricky Williams
He could be the feel-good story of the year in the NFL.  From Riches to Rags to Riches again.
Runner-up:  Deuce McAllister

Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Allen
With Pat and Kevin Williams taking attention away from Allen, he could challenge Strahan’s Sack record.
Runner-up:  Patrick Willis

Most Improved Player: Robert Meachem
Meachem could explode on the scene for the Saints to the tune of 80 catches for 1000 yards and 6 TDs.
Runner-up:  Ted Ginn, Jr.

Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio
The Jags just keep improving.  They nearly knock off the Colts in the AFC South.
Runner-up:  Mike Tomlin

All-Lester First Team
Peyton Manning
Adrian Peterson
LaDainian Tomlinson
Reggie Wayne
Terrell Owens
Jason Witten
Neil Rackers

Postseason Predictions:
AFC Division Winners:
Indianapolis Colts
New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers

AFC Wildcards:
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets

NFC Division Winners:
Dallas Cowboys
Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wildcards:
Philadelphia Eagles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Super Bowl:
New England Patriots over New Orleans Saints


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