Lester’s NFL Leagues Notes

25 February 2009
The Jets cut WR Laveranues Coles.  He had 70 receptions for 850 yards and 7 TDs last year.  Not only will the Jets have a new starting QB next year, but they also have to replace their #1 wideout.  That shouldn’t be hard as Jerricho Cotchery has averaged 78 receptions and 983 yards the past three seasons.  Chansi Stuckey will likely become the #2 WR.  He had 32 grabs for 359 yards last year.  Brad Smith should see an increase in playing time as well.  Coles is a solid WR and will land on his feet.  Let the Coles to the Eagles rumor start right now.  I don’t see that happening though.

The other big news in New York was Giants related.  Brandon Jacobs signed a four-year, $25 million extension with the Giants.  $13 million of it was guaranteed.  Jacobs had 1089 yards and 15 TDs.  This almost ensures that Derrick Ward will not be back.

 
Tampa Bay got younger by cutting RB Warrick Dunn and WRs Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard.  Earnest Graham, Cadillac Williams, and likely a Rookie RB will carry the load for Tampa.  Clifton Smith could get some play as their Third Down WR. The Bucs could also lose Michael Clayton to free agency so they’ll be active this offseason getting wideouts.

The Rams cut QB Trent Green and WR Drew Bennett.  At 38 with a history of concussions, Trent should hang it up.  Bennett never lived up to the six-year, $30 million deal he signed with St. Louis.  Neither of these moves have fantasy implications.

Trent’s former team, Kansas City, cut Damon Huard.  That also doesn’t have fantasy implications.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

1 September 2008

 

The Bucs are coming off a 9-7 that saw them win the NFC South. They were pretty quiet this offseason, with the exception of being a player in the #4 saga.

Offensively they are pretty old.  Jeff ”Cherry” Garcia is 38.  Joey Galloway will turn 37 this November.  Ike Hilliard is 32.  Michael Clayton sucks.  Oops, how did that slip in there.  That’s your passing attack.  Some old heads and some scraps.  Antonio Bryant came over from San Francisco, and he could provide a boost to their passing game.  Their ground game will again be led by overachieving Earnest Graham.  He took advantage of a break last year to rack up over 1200 total yards and 10 TDs.  Not too shabby if I say so myself.  The Bucs brought Warrick Dunn, who’s 33, to share the load.  Michael Bennett will probably get worked into the mix as well.  Alex Smith showed some promise at Tight End.

Their Defense is anchored by Derrick Brooks, imagine that.  He put together a 109 tackle season.  Barrett Ruud (114 tackles) and Cato June helped round out a solid Linebacking corps.  Jermaine Phillips (83 tackles, 4 picks) was a solid contributor at Strong Safety.  Phillip Buchanon and Ronde Barber round out a stellar secondary.  Greg White, Jovan Haye, and Gaines Adams provided a nice pass rush.  I expect even bigger things for Adams in his Sophomore year.

Cherry Garcia does just enough to pick up victories.  He doesn’t turn the ball over and let’s his strong Defense go to work for him.  That combo will be enough for the Bucs to pick up another nine or ten wins this year.   They will make the Wildcard and be immediately shown the door.  At least they are getting invited to the dance.

Fantasy-wise Tampa has little to offer.  Garcia is only good during the bye week of your starting QB.  If you’re going to roll with him make sure he has a nice matchup that week.  Earnest Graham has great potential if he can prove last year wasn’t a fluke.  Joey Galloway is the weapon you’ll want in the passing game.  I won’t endorse Antonio Bryant fully, but he is worth considering. 

 

  
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Serviceable WRs
We’ve profiled the Big Dog WRs, Second Tier WRs, and Third Tier WRs, now it’s time to examine the next wave of wideouts.  These will likely either be your 3rd WR or make up your WR depth. 

Kevin Curtis/Reggie Brown - Curtis was decent last year for the Eagles.  He had a couple of huge games.  I’d like to see DeSean Jackson push for the starting job opposite of Reggie Brown, who should bounce back from his mediocre 780 yard 4 TD season, which would allow Curtis to got to the slot and utilize his speed like Wes Welker.  If that happens, all three could be viable plays.

Laveranues Coles – Coles had a decent season going before the wheels fell off in Week 8.  If he can produce like he did the first seven weeks (460 yards, 6 TDs), he’ll be worth an occasional start.

Joey Galloway – How long can Mr. Galloway keep it up?  Dude will turn 37 in November.  He’s registered three straight 1000+ yards seasons though.  One warning, he was very inconsistent last year. 

Santana Moss – Moss has barely matched his outstanding 2005 numbers when you combine the past two years.  However, he still has big-play ability.  He’s scary to own, and even scarier to start, but he can occasionally almost single-handedly win a matchup for you.

Javon Walker – Who knows how he’ll respond following last year’s lost season and butt-whoopin’ he took in Vegas.  When he’s healthy though, he can produce.  That hasn’t always been easy for him though.

Bernard Berrian – He’s a mystery heading into the year.  He produced in Chicago, but we’ll see how he does in Minnesota.    The Viking certainly have the running game to keep the DBs honest. I’m just leery of T-Jack’s accuracy.

Anthony Gonzalez – Here’s another guy I’d love to see end up on my team.  He gained valuable experience as a rooke, and if Marvin Harrison returns to form, he could be looking at some cupcake matchups.  He could be the poison that defenses pick, which is great news to his fantasy owners.

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