Preseason Week One Recap | Podcast
With the first week of the 2011 NFL preseason behind us, it’s time to take a look at some of the changes to fantasy values. On our weekly podcast, we broke down a few points of interest as listed below, to give you some perspective on changes happening around the league.On this post, I have included the full podcast discussion, but you can hear our thoughts for any one of the topics below, by heading over to the fantasy philosophers podcast home page.
The Lee Evans Effect
While Coach Chan Gailey seems to think the Bills have a surplus of youthful talent, I must disagree with them trading away veteran Lee Evans to the Ravens. Sure, Steve Johnson had a great season last year but remember that Evans was their to take away the opposing teams top corner, as he was considered to be the true No.1 receiver.
Evans in his own right, had his best success as a pro in his early years when possession receiver Eric Moulds was still on the team with Drew Bledsoe under center. When Evans lost those key veterans he struggled with consistancy from that point forward, but now he has that structure again.
Anquan Boldin may not be the route runner Moulds was, but he’s a darn good possession receiver, and Joe Flacco instantly is Evans best quarterback since Bledsoe left in Buffalo. Not only does Evans give the Ravens what they need in a deep threat, but Baltimore’s offensive structure, finally gives Evans the same situation, he found success within his early years.
As for Johnson of the Bills, I will be moving him out of our top twenty receivers for redraft leagues in our up-coming re-ranks, because now he has to deal with being the man in Buffalo with a respectable option on the other side. This should lead to inconsistent play at times as he will have Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and Vontae Davis to deal with for six games, and that’s just inside his division. Podcast Version Click Here >>>
Matthew Stafford Looks Good Against Bengals
While we’ve seen Matthew Stafford shine in the preseason before, it was nice to see him back on the field and through a couple touchdowns to his top receivers. This guy has the tools to be a starting fantasy quarterback as early as week one this season. As long as he’s on the field, he’s an option to start and you can acquire him at a mid round selection.
Jahvid Best Top Ten Running Back?
With rookie Mikel Leshoure done for the season with an Achillies injury, Jahvid Best will now be the teams feature back and should be a top ten performer at his position this year in fantasy football leagues. Yes, Best is prone to the occasional bumps and bruses, but he’s a gamer and should have a great year. The Lions are ready to put up a tone of offense as they were one of the top scoring teams in the NFC, without Stafford for most of the season. Podcast Version Click Here >>>
Mark Ingram Rookie Of The Year
Don’t listen to any experts who tell you to avoid Mark Ingram because the Saints love to use multiple running backs because that won’t happen this year. Maybe the team uses Pierre Thomas a little more in the teams opening game against the Packers, but Ingram will be the Rookie Of The Year in 2011, and was brought into to spark this running game as a feature back, and do so early in the season. Podcast Version Click Here >>>
Saints Defense Great / 49ers Horrible
Saints did a great job of adding quality players to the teams’ front line this off- season, and they kept their secondary intact that was a top five group against the pass last year. If you had a chance to watch them work against the 49ers, they looked like a group that could be better than ever before, but then again, they were playing the 49ers, in a lockout preseason week one.
Still, this group should be viewed as a top five fantasy team defense, as they will be a nasty group to deal with against the pass and the run.
As for the 49ers, stay away from any passing options that aren’t named Vernon Davis on this team. Quarterback Alex Smith was killed by the Saints pass rush, and it’s clear that the 49ers offense is still struggling. Davis should still be a top five tight end for fantasy leagues, but receivers like Braylon Edwards, and Michael Crabtree are best left on someone else’s roster in your league. Podcast Version Click Here >>>
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