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Fantasy Football Info: T.J. Houshmandzadeh Won’t Play Madden 2010

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This week T.J. Houshmandzadeh came out publicly and let everyone know he won’t be playing John Madden’s EA sports football video game, because of his rating in the game. As it stands right now TJ’s rating is 91 overall rating and is 6th among NFC wide receivers.

While I’m sure your wondering what this has to do with fantasy football, I just thought it was a good time to talk about TJ’s production this year.

While it is true that Houshmandzadeh did have a bad final season with the Bengals in 2008, he also never really had a healthy Carson Palmer all year as well. True in spite this TJ’s low 904 yards and a 9.8 yards per carry, he did have another 92 receptions last year.

If your in a points per reception league those receptions sure came in handy as he was one of the best in the league in that category. Unfortunately he also saw this touchdown total drop down to 4 last year and that was down from 12 in 2007 and 9 in 2006.

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With these lower numbers and the fact that the Seahawks were a bad team last year, I personally find his rating on Madden to be very satisfactory.

Turning thing around in the Sleepless City

All though Housh did have a bad year for his standards last year, I fully expect him to turn things around this year. Matt Hasselbeck is back and healthy and he should love his new target in TJ.

With Deion Branch and Nate Burlson coming off of big injury problems, look for TJ to have a strong 2009 season for the Seahawks.

I also believe that it will be the Seahawks that in the end will give the Cardinals a run for their money in the NFC west. Right now while the 49ers do have talent I need to see how Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan can play at the NFL level. Also would like to see if the 49ers coaching staff is really dumb enough to start Alex Smith over Shaun Hill at quarterback.

The Seahawks have their proven NFL pro bowl players on the field from day one of the season. Look for Matt Hasselbeck to find TJ for 100 catches, 1,250 yards and 10 plus touchdowns this season.

The one part of Houshmanzada’s game that all fantasy owners shouldn’t expect to change is his low yards per catch average. I do believe he is more of a 11.00 yards per catch player then his sad 9.8 average last year, so expect that to go up some.

If you are in a fantasy football league that gives points for distance on the touchdowns he receives, then you will want to take into account that Housh will not have many long touchdown catches.

Fantasy Football Information on T.J. Houshmanzada

At this point in time TJ makes for a very nice No.2 fantasy receiver in just about every scoring league around. In PPR fantasy football leagues TJ is probably even going to be a nice No.1 receiver because of his high catch totals.

If you wait on drafting your first receiver Housh can make for a decent No.1 receiver for your team, but just remember that he isn’t a very explosive player.

At this point in time I would look for TJ as high as the 3rd round of your fantasy football draft as he is primed for a pro bowl season.

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