This week’s topic
Do you prefer Dez Bryant or Kenny Britt this year? Why?

My response:
This is a tough one. Both receivers are extremely capable. Both come with some baggage. Things had been quiet in Britt’s camp though, while Dez Bryant just can’t seem to make a right decision. Britt seems to have Dez trumped in the maturity department. That was until he got arrested after trying to elude police. Bryant’s incidents aren’t nearly on the level as this one.
So that makes Bryant a slam dunk? It certainly helps. Plus, Britt has major quarterback concerns heading into this year. We know Vince Young won’t be throwing him the football, but who will? While that is an uncertainty, we know that Dez will be catching passes from Tony Romo. Even if Tennessee walks away from the 2011 NFL Draft with Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton, which is unlikely, or adds a veteran quarterback via a trade or free agency, Bryant will still be operating with a superior quarterback.
So now Bryant is the obvious choice? Not so fast. Dez has to share with Jason Witten, Miles Austin, the running game, and possibly Roy WIlliams. Britt has to share with Chris Johnson and average-at-best receivers. Of course, that allows Britt to be double-teamed.
Is your head spinning? Mine is too. Britt pretty much scored in every game he played, but only topped 50 yards in five games. Bryant topped 50 yards seven times, but four of those totals were 50 or better.
Britt is in his third season and Bryant is in his second. It’s close, but I’ll give Bryant the slight edge based on Britt’s recent arrest, though both are high risk/high reward options.

The fantasy playoffs are underway in the majority of leagues as the Colts and Titans kicked off the action last night.
Having players go in the Thursday night games gives you a little bit of advantage. If your players do good, you can perhaps be a little more cautions with your team. If your players failed to put up good numbers, perhaps you will want to take a bigger risk, hoping for a bigger reward to make up for it. You also get a feel for your match-up depending on how your opponents players did. Let’s take a look at how fantasy owners will be feeling about their players.
Quarterbacks:   If you started Peyton Manning (319 yards, two TDs), which is roughly 99.9 percent of his owners, you are off to a great start. You can’t ask for much more than 300+ and a pair of scores without a pick. If you went with Kerry Collins (244 yards, three TDs) I want proof. Seriously though, heck of a call. You can’t be happier with your results.
Running Backs: If you went with Chris Johnson (179 total yards, TD), which also is virtually everybody who owns him, you are off and running (pun intended). He came in with a juicy match-up, and he shrugged off his recent slump and delivered when you needed it the most. It does help to have a competent QB. If you rode the Javarris James (49 yards, TD) train, kudos to you. Donald Brown (62 total yards) had just enough total yardage to keep him from being a bust if he was in your lineup. continue reading »

You can’t truly evaluate the Titans until you know what is going to happen with Chris Johnson. That said, like the Titans the show must go on with or without him.


Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Moderate
The Titans tackle the Colts and Texans at home in Weeks 14 and 15, followed by a road match-up against Kansas City. You have to love the fantasy championship match-up (assuming Chris Johnson plays).


Five Star Fantasy Options
Chris Johnson – I actually assume that he’s going to miss some camp at the very least with the holdout, which will have a negative impact on the season. I can’t, in good faith, give him anything short of a five star rating as long as there is the possibility that he’ll play. That’s how good he is.


Four Star Fantasy Options


Three Star Fantasy Options
Vince Young – As long as he doesn’t make any more dumb decisions off the field, I think he should have a solid season on the field. I expect him to contribute more in the rushing game than last year, particularly around the goal line. If he can limit the mistakes in the passing game, he could be a decent spot starter and backup fantasy QB.


Titans Defense/Secondary – To say the Titans were ravaged by injuries on defesnse last year would be putting it mildly. If they can stay healthy, along with the addition of Derrick Morgan, the Titans should be much-improved on defense.


Two Star Fantasy Options
Javon Ringer – If Chris Johnson does sit out, Ringer could move up a star. It would be a RBBC though to replace the premier RB in the league. If Johnson plays, you can push Ringer down to a one star. I expect he’ll get less touches than last year, but I don’t see anyone taking significant carries from Johnson.


Kenny Britt, Justin Gage & Nate Washington – This is a run first team with a QB with questionable accuracy so it’s hard to bank on the WRs. Britt is the one with the most potential. He has good size and speed, and had flashes last year. Washington is the best deep threat and Gage will likely play the slot position.


One Star Fantasy Options
LeGarrette Blount – Blount only has value if Johnson holds out.


Damian Williams – He’s probably a year or two from being relevant for fantasy teams, but is someone to mention in case of injury to one of the top three WRs.


Bo Scaife and Jared Cook – Scaife is the Titan TE to own, but he is limited by Cook’s presence and his inability to score TDs.


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We wrap up my NFL Draft Wide Receiver preview with a look at the quartet of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Kenny Britt, Hakeem Nicks, and Brian Robiskie.

Darrius Heyward-Bey
is the speedster of the draft running an electric 4.30 forty at the combine.  Plus, he has good size at 6’2″, 210 LBs.  Darrius is pretty raw having caught just 138 passes for 2089 yards and 13 TDs in his three years at Maryland.  He had just four 100+ yard games in his career.  He’s can help stretch the field and add some punch to the return game.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens
WalterFootball.com:  #40 to the Oakland Raiders
Consensus Draft Services:  #19 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Football Expert:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens
War Room Report:  #17 to the New York Jets

NFL Draft Scout:  #3 ranked WR

Kenny Britt
has had put together two straight solid years for Rutgers.  In 2007 he caught 62 passes for 1232 yards and 8 TDs.  Last year he had 87 receptions for 1371 yards and 7 scores.  He has good size at 6’4″, 215 Lbs, but his 4.50 forty time doesn’t turn heads.  One of the knocks on him is his lack of focus. 

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #39 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
WalterFootball.com:  #28 to the Philadelphia Eagles
Consensus Draft Services:  #43 to the San Francisco 49ers
The Football Expert:  #35 to the St. Louis Rams
War Room Report:  #29 to the New York Giants

NFL Draft Scout:  #7 ranked WR
Hakeem Nicks
had a stellar year for North Carolina catching 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs.  He also gained fame with his behind-the-back grab.  Nicks isn’t overly impressive with his size (6’1″, 215 Lbs) or his speed (4.51).  He does have great hands though and isn’t afraid to go across the middle.  He has a questionable work ethic.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #44 to the Miami Dolphins
WalterFootball.com:  #45 to the New York Giants
Consensus Draft Services:  #39 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Football Expert:  #45 to the New York Giants
War Room Report:  #26 to the Baltimore Ravens

NFL Draft Scout:  #5 ranked WR

Finally, there’s Brian Robiskie.  Robiskie turned in a modest Senior year with 42 catches for 535 yards and 8 TDs, which is a step back from his solid 55 catch, 935 yard, 11 TD Junior season.  He reached the 100 mark just one time this year, in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas.  He’s good good size at 6’3″, 199 Lbs.  He showed OK speed with a 4.46 forty.  Though he didn’t put up gaudy numbers at the collegiate level, he is one of the more polished WRs in the draft.

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #35 to the St. Louis Rams
WalterFootball.com:  #44 to the Miami Dolphins

Consensus Draft Services:  #49 to the Chicago Bears
The Football Expert:  #49 to the Chicago Bears
War Room Report:  #51 to the Dallas Cowboys
NFL Draft Scout:  #6 ranked WR

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