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Who To Draft: Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski? (2012)

Posted by in Who To Draft on August 27th, 2012 | Comment »

Jimmy Graham vs. Rob GronkowskiWhich TE do I draft first? Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski?

I expect Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski to go in the beginning of round 2. I think these players do deserve to go where they’re getting drafting. A lot of people are saying these players are getting overdrafted. I disagree. After Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Julio Jones, I put both Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham over any other wide receiver. Both will have over 1,200 receiving yards and at least 8 TDs.  In 2011, both Graham and Gronkowski had over 1,300 receiving yards and over 10 TDs. Gronkowski edged Graham out in both categories: 1,327 yards and 17 TDs compared to 1,310 yards and 11 TDs.

2011 Statistics

ROB GRONKOWSKI (16 games)
90 receptions, 1,327 yards, 17 TDs (124 targets)

JIMMY GRAHAM (16 games)
99 receptions, 1,310 yards, 11 TDs, (149 targets)

2012 Fantasy Rankings

NFL.com’s composite rankings has Ron Gronkowski ranked #13 and Jimmy Graham ranked #15 with Julio Jones in between. Yahoo has Jimmy Graham ranked #11 and Rob Gronkowski #13 with Larry Fitzgerald in between. Very interesting.

2012 Fantasy Outlook

The bottom line is you can’t miss with either of these guys with an early second round pick. You have to take them over the top WR and RB in the next class after the top 5 RBs, top 5 QBs, and top 3 WRs are off the board. If you’re sitting with the #14 or #15 pick in your fantasy draft, if Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski are there, you take them. I have them ranked #10 and #11 after Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson followed by Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones.

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Who To Draft: Chris Johnson or Darren McFadden? (2012)

Posted by in Who To Draft on August 26th, 2012 | 1 Comment

Darren McFadden vs. Chris JohsnonWho should I draft with the 9th pick, Darren McFadden or Chris Johnson?

After the top three runningbacks (Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, and Ray Rice) are off the board, many fantasy owners will be trying to decide between Chris Johnson or Darren McFadden as the next back off the board. Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Matthew Stafford are likely 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 off the board. Your 2012 fantasy football draft will really start to get exciting around the 9th pick and odds are that you’re trying to decide between Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden.

Each back has some concerns going into the 2012 season. Can Darren McFadden stay healthy? Will Chris Johnson rebound from a poor 2011 campaign? Last year was a disappointing season for Chris Johnson who held out throughout the offseason until he landed a huge contract. Johnson saw career lows in yards, touchdowns, and yards-per-carry. Darren McFadden, on the other hand, got off to a great start in 2011 and put up ridiculous numbers in his first four games of the season until going down with a sprained foot in week 7 which kept him out for the remainder of the season.

Let’s start off by comparing the stats.

2011 Stats

Darren McFadden

6 games *
113 carries
614 rushing yards
102 rushing yards/game
5.4 yards/carry
4 rushing TDs
19 receptions
154 receiving yards
22 receiving yards/game
8 receiving yards/reception
1 receiving TDs

* Injured in game 7

Chris Johnson

16 games
262 carries
1,047 rushing yards
65 rushing yards/game
4.0 yards/carry
4 rushing TDs
57 receptions
418 receiving yards
26 receiving yards/game
7.3 receiving yards/reception
0 receiving TDs

2012 Fantasy Projections

NFL.com’s composite rankings has Chris Johnson #10 and …

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Who to start in Week 17? Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith?

Posted by in NFL Week 17 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on January 4th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Question:

Week 17 feels like a bye week, it’s very weird. Normally this would be a no brainer, but should I start Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith? Rodgers might rest quite a bit like he did last week, and at least Smith will play the whole game and it will be against the awful St. Louis Rams defense.

Also, what about Larry Fitzgerald. I know it’s “rest ’em” week, but I have a feeling he’ll get more playing time than is assumed. Or maybe I just need him to. Maybe I can “will” him to play. I’ve already had to sit Vincent Jackson and play Devin Aromashodu in his place, and my other options are Dwayne Bowe and Josh Morgan. Which is why I still have Fitzgerald in there. I’ve also had to sit Tony Gonzalez and sub with John Carlson. I’m assuming that Indy will sit their defensive starters, too, so I’m going to take a chance with Fred Jackson. Any advice on the QB and WR situations, though?

Who in the world would have a championship game in week 17 anyway? My other RB is Chris Johnson, so I’m good there.

Answer:

I would probably go with Smith given the uncertainty of GB players resting. I would also go with Bowe for the same reason. I would rather take my chances with players that will play the whole game then get screwed because a team decides to rest their players.…

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Week 13 – Need Help Setting Roster

Posted by in NFL Week 13 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on December 1st, 2011 | 1 Comment

Question: I need some star/sit help for Week 13.

QB
Tony Romo vs. ARI
Cam Newton vs. TB

RB (2)
Chris Johnson vs. BUF
Demarco Murray vs. ARI
Frank Gore vs. STL
Roy Helu vs. NYJ

WR (3)
Larry Fitzgerald vs. DAL
Laurent Robinson vs. ARI
Percy Harvin vs. DEN
Dwayne Bowe vs. CHI
Antonio Brown vs. CIN

Answer:

QB – Romo –  Better matchup and he’s been hot lately.

RB – Gore and Murray have the best matchups.

WR – Fitzgerald, Bow, and Robinson. Robinson has some nice big-score potential against Arizona

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Week 10 – Need Help Setting Roster

Posted by in NFL Week 10 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on November 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Question: I need help setting up my week 10 fantasy roster.

Here is my team.

QB – Pick 1
Matthew Stafford @ CHI
Tim Tebow @ KC

WR – Pick 2
Dez Bryant vs. BUF
Calvin Johnson @ CHI
Stevie Johnson @ DAL
Marques Colston @ ATL
Percy Harvin @ GB

RB – Pick 1
Michael Turner vs. NO
Adrian Peterson @ GB
Chris Johnson @ CAR

I allready had Antonio Gates the TE play he only produced 10 points for me I need to win this week any advice helps
Thanks.

Best answer:

How did you manage to draft all of those players? You must be in a league with 3 teams. You have Peterson, Chris Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Stevie Johnson, and Michael Turner? Impossible I say. It sucks you can only take 1 RB, but I would go with Adrian Peterson as Green Bay has had some inconsistencies against the run. At wide receiver, Calvin Johnson is the clear choice and I like Dez Bryant against that Buffalo defense.

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Week 7 – RB – Donald Brown or Laurence Maroney?

Posted by in NFL Week 7 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on October 23rd, 2011 | Comment »

Question: Need Week 7 RB Start/Sit/Drop Help.

I’m in a PPR league and have 2 RB slots. I need help picking my RBs for Week 7.

This is a PPR league. 2 RB slots.

I currently have:
Chris Johnson (BYE)
Ryan Grant vs @ CLE
Laurence Maroney @ TB
Donald Brown @ STL

I planned on playing Ryan Grant and Laurence Maroney, but I just traded for Donald Brown. I picked up Maroney just to play him this week.

Willie Parker is also on the wire and he’ll be available tomorrow morning. I know he isn’t the primary RB for the Steelers, but if he start being the top guy again, he would be a good pickup.

I was considering dropping Maroney to try to pick up Parker, and playing Grant and Brown this week. What do you think?

Answer:

I would play Donald Brown and Ryan Grant this week. Willie Parker isn’t what he used to be so don’t bother trying to pick hum up off waivers. Mendenhall is Pittsburgh’s guy, Parker will ride the bench.

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Week 1 – RB Start/Sit – Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, or Shonn Greene?

Posted by in NFL Week 1 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on September 9th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Question: Which RBs should I start in week 1?

Chris Johnson @ JAX
DeAngelo Williams @ ARI
Shonn Greene @ DAL

I am leaning towards DeAngelo and Shonn Greene because I am not sure how many touches Chris Johnson will get in his first week back. Tennessee’s coach also said that Johnson will be limited in his first game back.

Best answer:

Why would Chris Johnson be limited? I would play him since Jacksonville’s defense if atrocious. In the second RB spot, I would go with DeAngelo Williams since Arizona has a poor run defense and the Cowboys run defense should be pretty solid this year. Bench Greene this week.

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