OK, the link to the PDF for rankings through Week 8 is below. I’ve included the explanation of scoring again below, but one note on that: I eliminated the negative points for missed field goals because when you look at misses as opposed to blocks, plus weather elements involved, it seems to me to be too fluky to be meaningful for these rankings — much like the random QB rushing touchdowns that I don’t count in the points allowed to QB’s, because there really aren’t any “rushing” quarterbacks a la Mike Vick out there and really for lineup purposes fantasy owners need to know how defenses do defending the pass.

 

 Here’s another breakdown of the scoring: 4 pts per passing TD, 6 pts per rushing and receiving TDs, 1 point per reception, .02 pts per passing yard, .05 pts per rushing/receiving yard, -1 for INTs.

The quarterback scoring is based on ALL QBs that play in a game. So if Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle all play, their yards, TDs and INTs are all added together.

No. 1 and No. 2 WRs are based on the depth chart and their scoring tallied as such. In-game injuries are not taken into account, but if a usual No. 2 or No. 1 receiver misses a game, everyone is bumped up accordingly.

No. 3 WRs includes ALL WRs who are not No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. So if five other receivers tally stats in a game, all five of them are added together to get the final numbers.

Primary running back is whichever running back tallies the most carries in that particular game. So for teams that go with two-back systems, the No. 1 back could change on a weekly basis. The secondary backs stats tally all the rest of the runners who put up statistics in that particular game.

Tight ends are like quarterbacks in that ALL tight end statistics accumulated in any game are considered in the scoring.

Kickers are simply three points per field goal and one point per extra point.

Note: I do not factor in lost fumbles in these numbers, so there is some slight deviation as a result. However, the difference is not enough to make any significant impact on the rankings.

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Wild 3, Blackhawks 2

October 28, 2008

I covered my first Wild game of the new season on Monday, and Minnesota remains the only NHL team without a regulation loss despite playing without Marian Gaborik in five of seven games. Speaking of guys with expiring contracts, Niklas Backstrom continues to be outstanding. He’s played every minute for the Wild in net at this point and at this rate will earn some big bucks of his own.

 

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There’s nothing like waking up on a Tuesday morning to find that you lost a fantasy game by .19 points. Throw in the fact that I lost by .84 points in that same league two weeks prior and you’ve got one disappointed owner. Maybe I need Mike Singletary to yell at the boys to wake them up. Overall it was a rough 2-3 week and I’m only left in first place in one league and have a 22-18 record. The good news is that if the playoffs started today I’d be in with four of my five teams and am right on the doorstep with the other. Here are my few thoughts after Week 8.

 

I’m officially starting both Chris Johnson and LenDale White even with both on the same fantasy squad given a good matchup. A tough matchup dictates putting White on the bench, but otherwise I’m cool trotting out both of them. Keep it up Titans running game!

 

I’m starting to come around to the Matt Jones camp in Jacksonville. I thought the guy was going to be out of a job after his drug bust this summer, but apparently he’s really good at apologizing. He’s averaging more than five catches and 65 yards per game, meaning anyone in a moderate to deep PPR league can start Jones as a flex guy on a weekly basis. He’s got two touchdowns his last four weeks as well, so if David Garrard can continue improving in the second half of the season I think Jones becomes even more valuable.

 

The Chargers have been awful against tight ends this year, so I picked up Billy Miller as a bye week fill-in. Needless to say I was ticked when Mark Campbell was the tight end to find the end zone, but Miller still grabbed seven balls for 82 yards. At this point it might not be a bad idea to hang on to Miller if your tight end play has been less than stellar (and considering the state of the position this year, basically everyone falls in this category). Over the last four weeks, Miller has averaged 4.5 catches for 63 yards. He hasn’t scored a touchdown, but those are good enough stats for starting consideration many weeks, particularly in PPR formats.

 

Keep an eye on Brandon Jacobs in the coming weeks. He faced a daunting task at Pittsburgh this week and not surprisingly wound up with his first dud of a fantasy week this season. But after seeing Jacobs struggle, Tom Coughlin had no problem going to Derrick Ward. Jacobs isn’t going to be running over defenses as easily as he has been to this point of the season with solid run defenses like Dallas, Philadelphia and Baltimore on the horizon the next three weeks. And after a date with Arizona in Week 12, the Giants finish up with Washington, Philly, Dallas, Carolina and Minnesota – all top 10 defenses in fantasy points allowed to running backs this season. Throw in the fact that Jacobs has fumbled each of the past two weeks to give Coughlin a little more pause and that he’s yet to suffer his token injury, and it might be time to sell on Jacobs.

Bulls 85, Timberwolves 75

October 23, 2008

The last two times I’ve covered an event at Target Center, a player has left the court with a significant injury. Coincidence? Likely.

The Bulls had to hang on Wednesday night after jumping out to a 22-point lead in the second quarter, so in all honesty neither team played that well. My favorite part of the game was when Brian Cardinal played for less than a minute, earning himself two fouls and a seat back on the bench. The human floor burn? Perhaps the human saddle sore may be more appropriate at this point.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=281022016

It seemed like the PDF was the best way to display those sheets from last week rather than a post for each position, so I’ll go that route from now on unless I get significant complaints. Here’s another breakdown of the scoring: 4 pts per passing TD, 6 pts per rushing and receiving TDs, 1 point per reception, .02 pts per passing yard, .05 pts per rushing/receiving yard, -1 for INTs.

The quarterback scoring is based on ALL QBs that play in a game. So if Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle all play, their yards, TDs and INTs are all added together.

No. 1 and No. 2 WRs are based on the depth chart and their scoring tallied as such. In-game injuries are not taken into account, but if a usual No. 2 or No. 1 receiver misses a game, everyone is bumped up accordingly.

No. 3 WRs includes ALL WRs who are not No. 1 or No. 2 receivers. So if five other receivers tally stats in a game, all five of them are added together to get the final numbers.

Primary running back is whichever running back tallies the most carries in that particular game. So for teams that go with two-back systems, the No. 1 back could change on a weekly basis. The secondary backs stats tally all the rest of the runners who put up statistics in that particular game.

Tight ends are like quarterbacks in that ALL tight end statistics accumulated in any game are considered in the scoring.

Kickers are simply three points per field goal, one point per extra point, -3 points for missed field goals.

Note: I do not factor in lost fumbles in these numbers, so there is some slight deviation as a result. However, the difference is not enough to make any significant impact on the rankings.

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Well, I didn’t do a ton of fantasy football observing this weekend with the exception of heavy observation of the Bears vs. Vikings game from high above Soldier Field in the 400 sections, row 29. Despite the lack of oxygen that high up, the view was gorgeous (of the game and the lake) and the contest was a blast as the Bears pulled out a game that beat the over/under well before halftime.

Coming straight out of the “when it rains, it pours” category, the two teams of mine that featured first-round Tom Brady picks suffered another blow this week when Reggie Bush went down for 2-4 weeks. Bush was my second round picks in both leagues. Funny enough, both of those squads won this weekend and remain in playoff contention. I went 3-2 for the weekend, putting my overall record at 20-15 with league records ranging from 6-1 to 2-5. Looking at the makeup of my rosters, I’m beginning to think it will be guys like Michael Pittman and Vincent Jackson that wind up making or breaking my seasons. Any sort of Terrell Owens sighting would also be nice.

I’ll have many more insights next week after watching multiple games from my couch rather than one game from the stratosphere. Still, if I had the option I would choose stratosphere 10 times out of 10.

I’ll have my updated spreadsheet that I unveiled last week posted through last week’s game probably sometime Wednesday, but Thursday at the latest. I’ll also re-post the scoring rules with it so that you all know where the points are coming from.

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This link is just all of the previously posted spreadsheets (note, there was an error on the Cleveland Browns, so their ranking against No. 2 and No. 3 receivers changed). This might be an easier-to-use tool than going through every post, assuming the link works.

I apologize that this sheet and the tight end one both aren’t properly justified, but I’m posting this from a mac rather than a PC and don’t really know how to make it work better. I’ll try to post this from a PC from now on, but I’m leaving town later so its now or never to post this. With the kicker stats, its 3 points for a field goal, 1 point for an extra point, and -3 points for missed field goals.

vs. Tight Ends
TEAM    FP OVRL    TEAM    FP HOME    TEAM    FP RD
Bills    3.34    Seahawks    1.68    Bears    1.86
Chiefs    3.47    Rams    1.73    Chiefs    2.47
49ers    4.73    Giants    2.15    Ravens    3.18
Bucs    4.92    Bucs    2.28    Bills    3.37
Dolphins    5.10    Redskins    2.35    Browns    5.08
Giants    5.14    49ers    3.16    Titans    5.40
Bears    5.23    Bills    3.30    Dolphins    5.75
Redskins    5.50    Jets    3.42    Steelers    5.98
Cowboys    5.92    Panthers    3.53    Patriots    6.03
Steelers    5.96    Cowboys    3.68    Texans    6.75
Browns    5.97    Dolphins    4.13    Vikings    6.90
Seahawks    6.01    Chiefs    4.98    Lions    7.35
Titans    6.18    Cardinals    4.98    Bucs    7.55
Rams    6.44    Saints    5.60    Redskins    7.60
Ravens    6.53    Bengals    5.90    49ers    7.85
Vikings    6.88    Steelers    5.93    Bengals    8.01
Lions    7.12    Colts    6.40    Cowboys    8.15
Bengals    7.31    Browns    6.57    Broncos    8.53
Saints    7.83    Titans    6.70    Packers    8.82
Patriots    8.24    Lions    6.78    Jaguars    9.25
Packers    8.39    Vikings    6.85    Rams    9.58
Colts    8.48    Packers    7.97    Giants    9.63
Cardinals    8.76    Falcons    7.98    Falcons    11.52
Panthers    8.97    Jaguars    8.72    Eagles    11.73
Jaguars    8.98    Ravens    8.77    Saints    12.30
Falcons    9.75    Raiders    10.35    Raiders    12.50
Broncos    9.76    Broncos    10.38    Seahawks    12.50
Texans    9.84    Patriots    11.55    Cardinals    12.53
Jets    10.32    Bears    11.95    Colts    12.65
Raiders    11.64    Eagles    12.20    Panthers    14.40
Eagles    11.97    Chargers    12.33    Chargers    16.32
Chargers    14.33    Texans    14.48    Jets    20.68

This one works a lot like the tertiary receiver rankings. The fantasy points scored against takes into account ALL tight ends who put up stats. So if Greg Olsen gets five catches for 50 yards and Desmond Clark catches two balls for 38 yards and a score, the stats against total seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

vs. Tight Ends
TEAM    FP OVRL    TEAM    FP HOME    TEAM    FP RD
Bills    3.34    Seahawks    1.68    Bears    1.86
Chiefs    3.47    Rams    1.73    Chiefs    2.47
49ers    4.73    Giants    2.15    Ravens    3.18
Bucs    4.92    Bucs    2.28    Bills    3.37
Dolphins    5.10    Redskins    2.35    Browns    5.08
Giants    5.14    49ers    3.16    Titans    5.40
Bears    5.23    Bills    3.30    Dolphins    5.75
Redskins    5.50    Jets    3.42    Steelers    5.98
Cowboys    5.92    Panthers    3.53    Patriots    6.03
Steelers    5.96    Cowboys    3.68    Texans    6.75
Browns    5.97    Dolphins    4.13    Vikings    6.90
Seahawks    6.01    Chiefs    4.98    Lions    7.35
Titans    6.18    Cardinals    4.98    Bucs    7.55
Rams    6.44    Saints    5.60    Redskins    7.60
Ravens    6.53    Bengals    5.90    49ers    7.85
Vikings    6.88    Steelers    5.93    Bengals    8.01
Lions    7.12    Colts    6.40    Cowboys    8.15
Bengals    7.31    Browns    6.57    Broncos    8.53
Saints    7.83    Titans    6.70    Packers    8.82
Patriots    8.24    Lions    6.78    Jaguars    9.25
Packers    8.39    Vikings    6.85    Rams    9.58
Colts    8.48    Packers    7.97    Giants    9.63
Cardinals    8.76    Falcons    7.98    Falcons    11.52
Panthers    8.97    Jaguars    8.72    Eagles    11.73
Jaguars    8.98    Ravens    8.77    Saints    12.30
Falcons    9.75    Raiders    10.35    Raiders    12.50
Broncos    9.76    Broncos    10.38    Seahawks    12.50
Texans    9.84    Patriots    11.55    Cardinals    12.53
Jets    10.32    Bears    11.95    Colts    12.65
Raiders    11.64    Eagles    12.20    Panthers    14.40
Eagles    11.97    Chargers    12.33    Chargers    16.32
Chargers    14.33    Texans    14.48    Jets    20.68

Same as the others, although this most closely relates to secondary running backs in that multiple receivers’ stats can be considered for this one. Only the primary receiver’s stats (based on depth chart, not catches in that particular game) are counted for the primary stats, only the secondary receiver’s stats (also based on depth chart) are considered for secondary stats, whereas any other receiver (not including tight ends, those rankings should be posted Thursday some time) to catch a pass in a particular game has his digits wind up in this category.

vs. No. 3 Wide Recivers
TEAM FP OVRL TEAM FP HOME TEAM FP RD
Ravens 2.22 Ravens 0.77 Chiefs 2.32
Browns 2.48 Steelers 1.20 Giants 2.33
Texans 2.66 Bengals 1.23 Titans 2.45
Raiders 2.87 Texans 1.33 Broncos 2.60
Bengals 3.01 Browns 1.50 Lions 2.93
Chiefs 3.59 Raiders 1.63 Jets 3.28
Giants 3.68 Patriots 2.73 Vikings 3.30
Panthers 3.70 Panthers 3.77 Cowboys 3.40
Steelers 4.19 Rams 4.48 Texans 3.55
Patriots 4.60 Giants 4.58 Saints 3.58
Vikings 4.93 Packers 4.58 Panthers 3.63
Falcons 5.34 Chiefs 5.50 Raiders 3.70
Packers 5.64 Eagles 5.55 Bengals 3.90
Saints 5.70 49ers 5.56 Browns 3.95
Cowboys 5.71 Cardinals 5.56 Falcons 4.07
Chargers 5.74 Redskins 5.63 Ravens 4.40
Broncos 5.76 Dolphins 5.83 Chargers 5.12
Titans 5.86 Bucs 6.12 Patriots 5.85
Eagles 5.97 Chargers 6.37 Steelers 6.18
Redskins 6.13 Seahawks 6.43 Bears 6.33
Dolphins 6.59 Vikings 6.57 Eagles 6.38
Jets 7.36 Falcons 6.62 Redskins 6.47
Bills 7.42 Saints 6.76 Packers 6.70
Rams 8.22 Colts 6.95 Bills 6.83
Colts 8.45 Broncos 7.34 Dolphins 7.10
Lions 8.60 Cowboys 8.02 Rams 10.72
Bucs 8.61 Titans 8.13 Bucs 11.10
Seahawks 9.10 Bills 8.30 Colts 11.45
Jaguars 10.64 Jaguars 9.02 Jaguars 12.27
Bears 10.68 Jets 10.08 Seahawks 13.10
49ers 11.18 Lions 17.10 49ers 22.43
Cardinals 11.18 Bears 19.40 Cardinals 22.43